There are probably not many things that exist, have a huge impact on our lives, and can fill us with happiness and satisfaction in an easy way. At the right dose and amount, different music genres are not only good for the soul, it also helps prevent depression, but also help to be healthy and happy. Of course, other factors also influence, but music plays a big role. Music is a useful developmental tool for the development of children and is very popular with many parents in their upbringing.
Changes in our bodily functions
Why do we build emotional bonds to some songs and react with goosebumps, bursts of energy, or sweating? When making music or listening to our favorite music, the neurotransmitter dopamine is released in extremely high amounts. This makes us feel satisfied. Sometimes just the thought and anticipation of our long-awaited concert is enough to fuel our mesolimbic system, the reward center, with dopamine.
Music transmits emotions
A study compared the emotions of the participants before and after listening to happy or sad music. After listening to happy music, people were perceived as happier based on the faces of others. When the music was sad, they appeared sad. So: He who listens to happy music is happier.
Sad music can improve mood
The choice of music can be based on the mood or the mood of the music. Whichever of the two methods is preferred, mood management is one of the biggest reasons we love music. As described in the point “Music transmits emotions”, happy music has a refreshing and uplifting effect on us and sad music has a negative influence on our mood.
Music helps with illnesses
Doctors, therapists, and educators have also been using the power of sounds for several years. Music can enable us to communicate, overcome psychological barriers, relieve pain and evoke memories.
Music has been used in the treatment of coronary artery disease for many years to reduce anxiety and improve physiological responses such as heart rate and respiratory rate in patients. 23 studies involving over 1500 patients showed that listening to music reduced blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of anxiety. It is particularly effective if the patients are allowed to choose the songs themselves. Just an hour of music from your favorite band helps heart attack patients recover, according to Finnish research from the University of Helsinki.
In 60 percent of people who have had a stroke, the visual areas of the brain become damaged. There is visual neglect of the affected side i.e. a “visual neglect”. Studies have shown that when people listen to their favorite music, they regain their visual attention, like driving your car on the road.