The Power of Music

Music heals our soul and our body. It is a form of art in which we can express our emotions. Music also serves as universal language. Not only that, but it also affects our brain in many ways. According to studies, listening to music can reduce anxiety, depression and pain. It also improves cognitive functions thus enhance learning and concentration, and keep off the effects of brain aging.

Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears and straight to the heart.

Ever wondered why listening to music gives us goosebumps and chills? Listening to powerful music is only one of many ways in releasing “happy hormones” or endorphins . This hormone gives you a “joyride” and feeling of being high. Its effect on our body is similar to the effects of morphine, thus reducing pain. Music therapy is widely used in hospitals and medical facilities to reduce  pain. Studies shown that listening to music helps in reducing both chronic and post operative pain. It is also used to reduce the need for medication during childbirth.It gives the patient a sense of control thus, reducing the level of pain.

One good thing about music, when it hits- you feel no pain.

                                                                                                                                     – Bob Marley

Listening to music increases the neurotransmitter called dopamine. What does dopamine do to our body? Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that’s a key factor in motivation, productivity, and focus. It is also in charge of our “pleasure and reward” system.  This hormone is responsible for the feelings of enjoyment, bliss, and even euphoria. So generally speaking, listening to music improves cognitive function and enhances learning and concentration.

Music is not in the notes but in the silence in between.

  – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Research shows that listening to music with someone else can also release prolactin, a hormone that bonds people together. And if you sing together? You release oxytocin, which causes feelings of trust.  Oxytocin is a neurohormone a.k.a. the “cuddle hormone” or “love drug” because of its role in reproduction and social bonding.

Where words fail, music speaks…

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