Music and Your Mood
Just how does music affect our mood? And how can we use music and rhythms to experience a better, more fulfilling life?
Music - It makes us smile; it excites us and makes us dance; it brings us to tears. A simple song can bring back a memory or a moment and we actually feel like we are there! Music can change our mood within minutes – or instantaneously.
Are you sad, depressed, or anxious maybe? You will be glad to know that you can chase all the blues away just by listening to your favorite music.
Because of our unique experiences, we develop different musical tastes and preferences. Despite these differences, there are some common responses to music. Babies love lullabies. Maternal singing is particularly soothing, regardless of a mom’s formal musical talents or training.
Music, Attention & Learning
Everyone who has learned their ABCs knows that it is easier to memorize a list if it is set to music. Scientific research supports common experience that pairing music with rhythm and pitch enhances learning and recall. Music helps people with attention problems in several ways.
Music, Anxiety & Stress
Considered as a natural antidepressant, music can give you the euphoric high that antidepressant medications can bring. So, if you are looking for a great way to end your terrible day, read on to learn more about how music can uplift your mood almost instantly.
Music’s beneficial effects on mental health have been known for thousands of years. Ancient philosophers from Plato to Confucius and the Kings of Israel sang the praises of music and used it to help soothe stress. Military bands use music to build confidence and courage. Sporting events provide music to rouse enthusiasm. Schoolchildren use music to memorize their ABCs. Shopping malls play music to entice consumers and keep them in the store. Dentists play music to help calm nervous patients.
Modern research supports the conventional wisdom that music benefits mood and confidence. Rhythm and tone can have an impact on your happiness – and on your everyday mood. So, listen to songs that make you feel good, that motivate you and make you happy – and you can begin to feel the effects more quickly than you imagine.