The Gift

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!

  1. Elevates mood
  2. Reduces stress
  3. Reduces anxiety as much as a massage 
  4. Induces a meditative state
  5. Relieves symptoms of depression
  6. Helps people eat less
  7. Improves sleep quality
  8. Eases pain
  9. Increases workout endurance
  10. Speeds up post-workout recovery
  11. Motivates people to bike harder
  12. Improves running motivation and performance
  13. Enhances blood vessel function (increased blood flow)
  14. Improves cognitive performance
  15. Helps people perform in high-pressure situations
  16. Relaxes patients before surgery
  17. Eases stress after surgery
  18. Elevates mood while driving
  19. Helps cancer patients manage stress and anxiety
  20. 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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