My father’s birthday was two days ago, and I haven’t purchased his gift yet. (in my defense, he left town for a couple of days)
Fortunately, I know the perfect gift for him. In fact, he gave me the same gift, repeatedly, throughout my youth. The gift was either records, tapes, cd’s, or some form of music.
Actually, my dad is so obsessed with music that I grew up listening, daily, to the blaring sound of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, everything Elton John, Jonny Mathis, the Supremes, Patti Page, Roberta Flack, Ann Murray, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Richie, Andy Williams, Herman’s Hermits, Bobby Vinton, and the list goes on and on.
The Magic of Music
Back then, music nourished my soul, but I didn’t realize it enhanced my physical and mental health. I just knew that it moved me to dance, become a DJ, and practice guitar.
Interestingly, my health took a dive during the period when I rarely listened to music, hmmmm. Perhaps it’s a coincidence; however, throughout my journey to a 115 pound weight loss, the renewed sound of upbeat music triggered my motivation to cook, exercise, and clean house.
One reason for music’s power is the nerve cells in your brain are arranged in patterns that coordinate your thoughts, emotions, behavior, movement, and sensation. Basically, your nerves connect your brain to the rest of your body.
Think about how fast you pull your hand away from a hot stove. So, when you feed your brain with sound, the body reacts to it too!
The following 20 research based health benefits of music may inspire you to listen more often!
- Elevates mood
- Reduces stress
- Reduces anxiety as much as a massage
- Induces a meditative state
- Relieves symptoms of depression
- Helps people eat less
- Improves sleep quality
- Eases pain
- Increases workout endurance
- Speeds up post-workout recovery
- Motivates people to bike harder
- Improves running motivation and performance
- Enhances blood vessel function (increased blood flow)
- Improves cognitive performance
- Helps people perform in high-pressure situations
- Relaxes patients before surgery
- Eases stress after surgery
- Elevates mood while driving
- Helps cancer patients manage stress and anxiety
- Eases recovery in stroke patients
“Music is a great natural high and a great natural escape.” – Shania Twain
I’ve got the music in me.
How about you?
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