Music and you 1

Who doesn’t love music? Certainly there are some of us, but for the most part music is a big part of our lives. Whether it’s the music that we listen to on the way to work, while we workout, or the music we hear in a symphony or film, it can bring up our moods, tell us a story or even bring us down. Music can make mundane tasks a little easier and long days go by a little quicker. “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” ~ Billy Joel
Music is so powerful it's even possible to become addicted to music. Melody, rhythm, and bass can improve our creativity, visual attention, and much more. Music is capable of a number of health benefits including lowering stress levels, raising states of consciousness, changing moods, accessing different states of mind, developing the brain and is useful in meditation -which has a ton of health benefits. Some people have the following beliefs: Your musical taste does accurately tell  about you, including your politics. Your musical taste more often than not is influenced by your parents. You love your favorite song because it's associated with an intense emotional experience in your life. The music you enjoyed when you were 20 you will probably love for the rest of your life etc.
Music not only says a lot about you, it provides a myriad of easy ways to make your life better:Music Can Help You Relax, Angry Music Improves Your Performance, Music Reduces Pain, Music Can Give You A Better Workout, Music Can Help You Find Love, Music Can Save A Life, Music Can Improve Your Work — Sometimes, Use Music To Make You Smarter, Music Can Make You A Better Person, Most importantly: Music makes us feel good, and in the end, that’s worth a lot.
Below are some ways music affects our lives
1) Improves visual & verbal skills: Several studies have shown that music education at an early age stimulates the child’s brain in a number of ways that helps to improve verbal skills, communication skills and visual skills. A study that looked at 4 to 6 year olds who were subject to one month of musical training that included training in rhythm, pitch, melody, voice and basic musical concepts resulted in enhanced ability to understand words and explain their meaning. A study using subjects that were 8 to 11 year olds found that those who were involved in extracurricular music classes were developing higher verbal IQ’s and their visual ability was greater than those who were not receiving the training. Even children as young as one year old  who participated in interactive music lessons with their parents had a greater ability to communicate, smiled more frequently and were showing greater signs of sophisticated brain responses to music.
2) Keeps an aging brain healthy: Research has shown that having musical training and listening to or playing music in old age can help keep the brain healthy especially as it ages. Since listening to music is like exercising the brain, one can expect the benefits of better memory and mental sharpness as they age.
3) Music Makes You Happier: Listening to music that hits you in a special way causes your brain to release dopamine which is known as a feel good chemical. It causes us to feel emotions like happiness, excitement, joy, etc. Listening to music provides us with the same burst of happiness that we would get from eating a piece of chocolate, sex or certain drugs.
4) Heartbeat, Pulse Rate & Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that music strengthens the heart and improves the recovery time of patients who were suffering from heart disease. Regardless of the genre of music, listening to your favorite music releases endorphins in the brain that help to improve vascular health. It has been seen that both men and women who listened to music soon after cardiac surgery were much less anxious and even reported having less pain as opposed to those who rested quietly. An observation made at Massachusetts General Hospital, found that heart patients confined to a bed that listened to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure, slower heart rates, and less distress than those who didn’t listen to music.
5) Improves Sleep Quality: Some of the most common things to interfere with sleep are stress and anxiety (heart rates.) Since music has the ability to affect both in a positive way, research has found that listening to music at various times promotes better sleep patterns for people and even created more restful sleeps. In some cases music might even be able to be used to effectively treat insomnia.
6) Boosts Your Immune System & Reduces Pain: Research has shown that music is capable of reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisone, which is responsible for weakening the immune system, increasing risk of heart disease, interfering with learning and memory, lowering bone density, blood pressure, etc.  Research found that by listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting music the levels of antibodies in the human body increases.
7) Reduces Depression & Anxiety: Researchers from Drexel University found that cancer patients who either listened to music or worked with a music therapist experienced a reduction in anxiety, had better blood pressure levels and improved moods. Music can have positive effects on the psyche, mood, pain and quality of life as well.
8) Music helps you relax: Yes, research shows music is relaxing.I know, I know, obvious, right? But what you might not know is the type of music that helps people relax best. Need to chill out? Skip the pop and jazz and head for the classical. As Richard Wiseman writes: Blood pressure readings revealed that listening to pop or jazz music had the same restorative effect as total silence. In contrast, those who listened to Pachelbel and Vivaldi relaxed much more quickly, and so their blood pressure dropped back to the normal level in far less time. [59 Seconds: Change Your Life in Under a Minute]
9) Music can help you find love: Want to get the interest of that special someone? Put on the romantic music. Women were more likely to give their number to men after hearing love songs.
10) Music can improve your work — sometimes: Does music at the office make you work better or just distract you? It's a much debated issue and the answer is not black and white. For the most part, it seems music decreases work performance – but makes you happier while you work: A comparison of studies that examined background music compared to no music indicates that background music disturbs the reading process, has some small detrimental effects on memory, but has a positive impact on emotional reactions.
11) Our music choices can predict our personality: In a study of couples who spent time getting to know each other, looking at each other’s top ten favorite songs actually provided fairly reliable predictions as to the listener’s personality traits. Here is also a break-down of how the different genres correspond to our personality, according to a study conducted at Heriot-Watt University: Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease. Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease. Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease. Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing. Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle. Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing. Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease. Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle. Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle. Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing. Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease. Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease. Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease

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