The Powerful Influence Of Music On The Body And Mind

If there's one thing that can serve to unite us all in a healthy and positive manner, I would say that it's music. We all have a favorite musical artist, song, or album, and in many cases our musical preferences can create positive bonding experiences to last a lifetime. While music has a tremendous power in its capability to bring people together,the truth is that music can actually have just as much of a profound impact on your physical internal health as well, if not even more so.

I found this out after recently coming across an article post by Everyday Health that delves into the many positive effects, and even the surprising health benefits, that come along with the simple act of listening to music that we enjoy. Here is what I learned from the article. 

What was most fascinating for me to learn from this article was understanding just how much of an impact that music can have on the way the heart functions in the body. Essentially, listening to your favorite type of music can help to drastically reduce stress in the body, and therefore keep the heart calm and steady as well.

Anxiety is also greatly lowered in the presence of music that is well liked and well received; the music can actually stabilize the rhythm of the heart beats, and can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol from being released into the body. It is important to realize, though, that you will only get the maximum effects and benefits from music when you are listening to music that truly speaks to you on an aesthetic level, so what works for one person may not work for you. If your favorite music is classic country, you will find the most stress relief from artists such as Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash, while someone who favors the blues will feel their stress release from Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday songs. 

Music can also work to resolve pain, both physical and mentalversions. People who suffer from acute or chronic physical pain, regardless of how it was caused, often find pain relief from listening to calming music. Meanwhile, people who are dealing with the pains associated with depression and severe chronic anxiety are also known to feel better after a session of listening to relaxing music. Music works with a body's natural rhythm to provide pain relief and an overall improved quality of life.

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