There’s more to music than the entertainment it gives. Music is a whole mood. An embodiment of good vibes. It has great effects on us than we may know. Subconsciously, we might have definitely realized some of these effects. But what are they?
- Music can improve cognitive performance – Research has shown that music, while played in the background when the listener is primarily focused on another thing, improves the performance of the task. But consider choosing slow and instrumental tracks rather than those with complex lyrics, so as not to end up being distracted.
- Music reduces stress – It has been suggested that music can be a stress reliever. According to research, listening to music has an impact on the human stress response, particularly the autonomic nervous system. Listeners of music tend to recover more quickly following a stressor.
- Music can improve your memory – Lots of students enjoy listening to music while studying, because listening to their favourite music improves their memory. It makes what they’re studying easily retained. But this doesn’t work for everyone. Some people retain nothing when they listen to music and study. If you tend to find yourself distracted by music, you are better off learning in silence.
- Music can help manage pain – Yes it can. A study of fibromyalgia patients found that those who listened to music for just one hour a day experienced a significant reduction in pain compared to those in a control group. At the end of the four-week study period, participants who had listened to music each day experienced significant reductions in feelings of pain and depression. It proves that music therapy could be an important tool in the treatment of chronic pain.
Now instead of thinking of music as sheer entertainment, consider some of these major mental benefits of incorporating music into your everyday life.