Music is there for you when no one else is

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Music nerds like myself would only get this. Photo by me.

violinTo all the music lovers out there, you’ve probably realized music has its healing powers. I know as a musician, I have. It’s been there for me in times of happiness, sadness, rage and hope. But music doesn’t just affect emotions, it physiologically changes the body. Whether you’re a fan of Vivaldi, Hans Zimmer (my idol), the Beatles or Carrie Underwood — or all four! — it’s important to understand and learn about the health benefits of both playing and listening to music.


 Music can change the world because it can change people. [Bono]


Listening to music:

1. Reduces stress; regulates arousal and mood; achieves self-awareness and expresses social relatedness.

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 2. Decreases blood pressure, heart rate, pain, and anxiety.

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3. Staves off hearing loss in old age.

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  4. Effects emotions through blood vessel constriction (to decrease blood flow) or dilation (to increase blood flow).

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 5. Helps recovery (including that of stroke victims).

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 6. Boosts endurance.

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 7. Changes brain function and treats neurological conditions like ADD, depression, insomnia, and Alzheimer’s.

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 Playing music:

8.  Increases verbal memory.

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 9. Protects mental sharpness in old age.
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Tell us in the comments how does music help you?

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2 thoughts on “Music is there for you when no one else is

  1. …and can evoke strong emotion. When one lives for 48 years in a major metropolitan area and moves into the wilderness for two decades of subsistence living… to have the opportunity to once again experience a symphony orchestra render a major work can only bring one to tears of joy!
    Yes indeed music has the power to move ones soul. Thank you for a great posting.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more. I’m glad to hear you’re someone who appreciates symphonic orchestra, and even more glad you had the chance to experience it again. Thank you for the kind words.

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