Understanding The Health Benefits Of Music When Recovering

2012-03-29 | |
Last updated: 2012-03-29

Good music is not something that you can easily put your finger on. Some songs within a given genre will move us while others can leave us entirely flat. Even then, what one person describes as good music can easily seem like a barking dog to someone else. The very definition of good music not only varies from one individual to another but also varies significantly from one culture to the next. Despite the variations in what defines good music, most of us have an appreciation for some form of music.

However, even the way we appreciate music and the reason we listen to it varies considerably. Some of us use music to relax after a stressful day while others use music to get their hearts pounding before going out. Sometimes we will listen to music while doing chores or focusing on other tasks and other times we may go somewhere specifically just to listen to the music. For each of us, music has a different value at different times.

What Are The General Health Benefits Of Listening To Music?

Because music is such an important part of society and culture, numerous research efforts have looked at the benefits of music to human health. Over and over, the results from different studies have shown that listening to music that we like relieves stress, anxiety and makes us happier. Some research has even demonstrated the ability of music to help treat depression by improving mood.

Research from McGill University even showed that listening to music can cause the release of the same brain chemicals that we get from sex or from eating some foods. Obviously, this ability to provide pleasure is something that can improve our overall well-being.

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Category: General Health, Medical Research

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