We all know that music can have a profound effect on us emotionally. A rousing fight song can inspire an athlete for the big game. A series of just a few notes in a symphonic movement can inspire us to tears. A familiar tune on the radio can instantly transport us back to memories of years gone by. What many of us don’t know, however, is that music can do more than provoke our emotions. Music can have a positive effect on us on the cellular level.
In a recent lecture in our Thrive Series, Health Promotion Specialist Jennifer Anglin, spoke about the many ways music can affect our physical and mental health. From reducing pain to lowering blood pressure to even fighting bacteria, music offers incredible benefits!
Music’s effect on a vibrational level
The sound waves of music affect the vibrational rhythms of the brain. This can trigger memories, improve your mood, relieve anxiety and stress, lower blood pressure and even relieve pain.
Music and your body’s chemicals
Not only does music affect the vibrations of the brain, music also affects us at the chemical level. Listening to music you enjoy can decrease the stress hormone cortisol. Fans of Mozart, rejoice: Studies show that classical music decreases cortisol the most. Listening to your favorite music also increases the “feel-good” chemical dopamine. In fact, studies show dopamine is 9 percent higher when listening to enjoyable music. Some studies have even pointed to a possible increase in the germ-fighting chemical immunoglobulin!
Music and memory
Music stimulates many areas of the brain –– but perhaps most easily noticed is memory. This link between music and memory is beneficial for more than just pleasant nostalgia. Music can actually help improve memory loss. Studies show that listening to music can cause emotions that bring back memories in Alzheimer’s patients.
Whether you’re a fan of rock, jazz, pop, country, classical or head-banging metal, listening to your favorite music can improve more than just your mood –– it can boost your health, too.
Are you interested in learning more about how to optimize your health? Join us for our monthly Thrive series on December 4th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Greencroft Community Center at 1820 Greencroft Blvd, Goshen, IN 46526. *For more information on upcoming meetings, please visit GoshenHealth.com/THRIVE or call (574) 364-2496.
*Please note starting February 2019, Thrive will meet at the Goshen Greencroft Community Center from 11:00 a.m. to noon. There will not be a January meeting.
Posted: 11/28/2018 by