LISTEN TO MUSIC!
BRAIN HEALTH | 7.27.2015 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, Ph.D., M.S.
“Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music” – Billy Joel
We are all moved by music. That’s a universal experience. Of course, our tastes vary and the particular symphony of notes required to produce feelings of joy in one person may not produce the same feelings in another. But overall, music has the ability to connect us to our emotions, which can be a profoundly healing experience.
The science around the brain-boosting benefits of music is still in its infancy, but studies have shown that:
- Music can decrease cortisol (i.e. the stress hormone)
- The slow tempo of a mellow song causes brain waves to resonate at a lower frequency, leading to a more meditative mental state.
- Listening to music you love can cause a release of endorphins and dopamine, which can then enhance your mood.
Whatever your preference, from indie to hip hop and reggae to classical, go ahead and get lost in a good playlist. Oh, and never be shy about singing loudly in your car, because the act of belting a note can, in and of itself, be an effective way to release tension. Sing it!