Music has been a communication tool for our feelings and thoughts for a while now. However, today’s researchers have now suggested that it can even have a toll on how we actually feel. There’s a reason you start doing your happy dance when “Dancing Queen” comes on. It all comes down to neuromusicology, which explores how music affects the nervous system. As music enters the ear, it begins to engage with many different parts of our brains, which can affect your mood and also cause the occasional foot tap.
- Mood Lifter
People turn to music when they’re experiencing any emotional turmoil. They see it as a way to lift their mood and feel better. This is because it encourages the production of serotonin – a happiness hormone. The calming tones also engulf the body with dopamine which is a neurotransmitter responsible for feeling good. Another important hormone released through music is norepinephrine which creates euphoria.
All these hormones are important for treating depression and anxiety disorder. Knowing how the music influences the production of these substances facilities therapies for these mental states. Some scientists even believe that music can replace antidepressants in some instances. A 2013 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found it only takes two weeks for people to recover from bad mood if they’re listening to upbeat music.
If you pay attention you will notice that music is always playing wherever we go. Stores play music to keep draw customers in and make them stay longer. Doctors offices play soothing music to relax the patients. Sporting events blast music to get fans excited and energised. Music is such a little thing that plays a big role in controlling our mood. If we practice playing the right type of music to fit our emotions we can gain better control over our moods.
2. Reduces Stress Level
Music is practical stress reliever. It can affect the tense muscles and help them relax with its calming tunes. Also, is can reduce your breathing rate and thus slow down your heart. These are all the science of relaxing and calming down.
It is believed that listening to classical music can have a specific soothing effect on the body and mind. Additionally, singing along is a great way to mitigate tension. In Japan, people use karaoke to manage stress and tension. Soothing music is, also, perfect to help you sleep and relax you before the bedtime.
3. A Motivator
It’s all about the type of message the music is sending. Songs with inspirational motives can have a positive effect and make you feel better.
The message and joy when singing are the motivators to pull yourself up and regain control of your surroundings.
That’s why it’s recommended to listen to uplifting songs with strong meaning and motivational power. When it comes to the message, the words and tune must be in sync and jointly encourage positive actions.
by Fauzan Ishaq