The Importance of Music

Hello Friends, it has been a very long time since I last spoke to you, I’ve missed you. I have been super busy with a new job and wedding plans…Yes folks, I’m getting married!!!!!!…and I’m enjoying every minute of it…it takes it toll sometimes and I get overwhelmed, but I always come back to being happy and super excited …

Something happened recently, that I must share…as we all know, being in a new job can be very stressful and overwhelming at times. There is the need to please and do everything perfect, getting along with new co-workers and getting familiar with the new environment.  At one point I found myself being unable to cope. It seemed like everything was going wrong and I couldn’t think straight. I was becoming increasingly annoyed at the simplest things and nothing seemed to make me happy…even though I was. I thought to myself, what is wrong? What is missing? I have everything I want at this point. I’m getting married to the love of my life, I have a great new job, I have hot body (I’ve been exercising J), my hair is on fleek, my family and fiancee are happy and healthy, my job was fine for the most part…what was the problem?          

So one day I was going through some of my old computer files and I came across my music folder, and I found Flawless by Beyoncé (yasss…Beyoncé!) and I started to sing it, I got into it, i did the hand jesters and all (I got down – in my chair that is J) and it moved to another song, and I sang that one, and it went on and on for about an hour…and to tell you the truth, at the end of that hour, I felt happy again, I felt energized and more motivated….I thought to myself, wow, why didn’t I try this earlier?!

For those who know me, I love music, music is an integral part of who I am, I never however realized that music could be so much more than entertainment.

According to researchers, music is much more than entertainment, it provides several benefits to listeners:

Music Reliefs Pain

Listening to music can reduce chronic pain from a range of painful conditions, including osteoarthritis, disc problems and rheumatoid arthritis, by up to 21% and depression by up to 25%. Music therapy is used in hospitals to reduce the need for medication during childbirth, to decrease postoperative pain and complement the use of anesthesia during surgery.

Music Boots Immunity

Music can boost the immune function. Scientists explain that a particular type of music can create a positive and profound emotional experience, which leads to secretion of immune-boosting hormones. This helps contribute to a reduction in the factors responsible for illness. Listening to music or singing can also decrease levels of stress-related hormone cortisol.

Music improves Memory and aids Learning

Learning potential can be increased a minimum of five times by using this 60 beats per minute music. Bulgarian psychologist, Dr. George Lozanov proved that students were able to learn and retain foreign languages quicker, they through his methods, could learn and retain 1,000 words or phrases in one day. He has proven that foreign languages can be learned with 85-100% efficiency in only thirty days by using classical music pieces from the baroque period.

Speeds Post-Stroke Recovery

A daily portion of one’s favorite pop melodies, classical music or jazz can speed recovery from debilitating strokes, according to researchers. Music listening after stroke not only promotes behavioral recovery, but also induces fine-grained neuroanatomical changes in the recovering brain

Active listening amps up happiness

A recent study contradicts the old adage that actively trying to feel happier is useless. In a research by Ferguson and Sheldon (2013), participants who listened to upbeat classical compositions by Aaron Copland, while actively trying to feel happier, felt their moods lift more than those who passively listened to the music. This suggests that engaging with music, rather than allowing it to wash over us, gives the experience extra emotional power.

I could go on and on about the numerous benefits that listening to music provides. If you need a pick-me-up or you want to regain your will and improve your mood and outlook all together, listen to some happy uplifting music. You will definitely thank me later.

 Hope You Enjoyed 🙂

References:

http://www.cerebromente.org.br/n15/mente/musica.html

http://www.emedexpert.com/tips/music.shtml

http://themindunleashed.org/2014/03/10-magical-effects-music-mind.html

Song of the Week: Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

I don’t normally listen to or go out of my way to get Miley Cyrus’ songs. I hear her songs in passing, they are catchy, but none really grabbed me. Most of her previous songs were mostly immature, and being the mature woman that I am :D…I couldn’t relate…Then she underwent a whole new transformation. This transformation reflected both in her music and her personal life. Say what you want about her; she is too wild, she is too naked, she is lewd and inappropriate…whatever your personal opinion may be about her, it doesn’t matter!…a good song is a good song!…and her latest single ‘Wrecking Ball” is a Great song!

So without further ado….HEEERRRRREEEE’S Miley!

I Love this song because it is deep, it is personal, and it is real!…and I can SO relate! 🙂

So, what do you think? Does ‘Wrecking Ball’ do it for you?