LoveYourBrain Tip: Connect Through Music!

CONNECT THROUGH MUSIC!

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BRAIN HEALTH | 11.9.2015 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, Ph.D., M.S.

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We’ve already touched on the brain-health effects of listening to music.  So this week, we’re taking it one step further and exploring the power of concerts.

On Saturday, we had an incredible LoveYourBrain evening at Wanderlust Hollywood.  After a screening of The Crash Reel, a guided meditation, and a speakeasy with Kevin, the night ended with an amazing concert by Trevor Hall.  There is something magical about strangers and friends joining together in the joy of music.

This experience got us thinking about the ways in which concerts (the good ones!) are beneficial for psychological health:

  1. Humans are social beings, and concerts are social experiences.  Research studies (and anecdotes) show that being part of a community, as you are at a concert, can reduce anxiety and feelings of loneliness.

  2. The psychological benefits of a concert can last long after the experience has ended. When we think back on joyous occasions, we reinforce the neural pathways involved in positivity.

  3. Concerts allow us to be fully present.  When we’re dancing or singing along, we are completely invested in the moment, and don’t have the mental space to think about anything else.    

Next time you’re at a concert, or just listening to music with friends, be aware of the sense of connection you feel – with the music, and with everyone around you.  It’s a powerful, positive experience, and will serve your happiness in the future.

 

Photos: Eric Tu @brutustu