We all have vastly different experiences when it comes to music. We have unique genre preferences and favorite songs, and we are confronted with deeply personal emotions when we listen to them. Not only can music be a thrilling roller coaster of emotions, but it can also improve every aspect of our wellness to a great extent.
The known effects of music on people’s health and wellness are far and wide, and there are multiple studies to back this up.
Music Can Help Manage Your Pain
Research has demonstrated that music can be quite helpful in easing our pain. One study of patients with fibromyalgia found that those who listened to music for an hour a day experienced a considerable reduction in pain compared to those who did not. This result suggests that music therapy can indeed be a vital tool in the treatment of chronic pain. “Music has such a large impact on our lives! It crosses cultures, age groups and has an effect on everyone. It can make you smile, dance, sing, cry, instantly recall memories like they were yesterday and process emotion.” Abigail Saneholtz, Psy.D explains.
Music Can Reduce Your Stress
Music can aid in coping with stress. In one study, participants partook in one of three conditions. Some participants listened to calming music; some, to the sound of rippling water. Some received no musical stimulation. After that, they were exposed to a stressor and were asked to take a stress test. The results showed that listening to music had an impact on the human stress response. Those who had listened to music recuperated more quickly compared to the rest. “While music has long been recognized as an effective form of therapy to provide an outlet for emotions, the notion of using song, sound frequencies and rhythm to treat physical ailments is a relatively new domain.” Daniel J. Levitin, PhD said.
Music Can Sharpen Your Memory
Music and memory always come together. Particular music triggers particular recollections.
Students have clashing views on listening to music while studying. Some feel listening to their favorite music while studying improves memory. Meanwhile, others argue that it serves as a distraction.
One study found that musically skilled students performed better on tests when they listened to neutral music, the kind that’s easier to the ears, and is less distracting. Students that aren’t as musically skilled, however, learned better when listening to upbeat music because these songs evoked relatively more encouraging emotions without interfering with memorization. So while music may affect our memory, ultimately, results still differ depending on the individual.
Music Can Offer Insight To Your Personality
Can your playlist reveal something about your personality? How much are our preferences in music influenced by underlying attitudes? According to research by Adrian North, the reason people sometimes feel defensive about their music preferences is that they relate to our personality traits.
North suggests that people do identify and express themselves through music and use it as a means to connect with other people. The next time you put together a playlist, consider how your music choices might reflect your inner self.
“To quell overwhelm, engage in an activity that you enjoy, such as listening to music.” Marla W. Deibler, PsyD said. The impact of music, even in the most mundane moments, is tremendous. Thus, it comes as no surprise that music has been studied far and wide for all its effects on our daily lives. To maximize the benefits of music, be aware of its different types, and how these affect you. Actively incorporating the right kind of music into your life can help improve your well-being and overall quality of your life.