You know that excess stress is a leading cause of serious disease, and yes, music has been shown to reduce stress.
For example, one study out of the University of Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, randomly assigned subjects to either: 1) relaxing music ('Miserere' by Italian composer Gregorio Allegri); 2) the sound of rippling water; 3) no sound stimulation at all. They were then exposed to a standardized psychosocial stress test, and stress was reduced "significantly" in those who listened to the music versus the rippling water or no sound.
Music and Pain Reduction
People suffering from pain may want to consider clicking the "Play" button on music, because it has been shown to reduce pain.
A study out of the University of Marburg, Germany, for example, showed that listening to music in daily life reduced the perception of pain that women with fibromyalgia experienced. The abstract of the study recommended that, "Clinicians using music therapy should become aware of the potential adjuvant role of music listening in daily life, which has the potential to improve symptom control in chronic pain patients."
Music Improves Your Creativity
Here, too, many people would guess this to be true anyway, and research is now proving it: music boosts your ability to think innovatively.
For example, in a 2017 study out of Radboud University, The Netherlands, and University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, researchers found that listening to happy music -- which they define as classical music that is positive valence and high in arousal -- leads to more total ideas, and more creative and innovative ideas, versus silence.
There are multiple other studies that suggest music can have a very positive effect on your health and well-being in other areas, too, such as:
* Music improves your exercise:People have been shown to exercise more vigorously, and push harder in sports, while listening to upbeat music.
* Music improves your memory:The repetition of rhythm and melody in music has been shown to help the brain form patterns that improve memory.
* Music improves you mood: You may be thinking, "Well of course... duh!" ;-) Because you have likely felt countless times how music can improve your mood. Science likes to confirm things, though, and studies have showed music can indeed help regulate emotions and improve happiness and relaxation overall.
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