Hey sis, what's good from the hood? Today we're talking about the benefits of music. I mean really, who can live without it, right? Regardless of the type of melody your ears crave at any given moment, I believe we can all agree that music helps us in one way or another to cope with whatever life presents to us. According to a research done by a neuroscientist at McGill University, who injected over eight music-lovers with a radioactive substance that binds to dopamine receptors, when we listen to our favorite music, we tend to feel emotions like happiness, excitement, and joy. Another research also revealed that listening to music improves our mental well-being. Whether you listen to music to boost your mood or because you still can’t get over your ex (no shame, sis), the type of music you listen to provides many benefits that can improve your overall well-being.
Here are 5 fabulous reasons why music is good for you:
1. Music decreases stress increases overall health;
Music has a direct effect on our hormones. When you listen to music you like, it reduces levels of the hormone cortisol in your body, counteracting the effects of chronic stress. Lower levels of stress would mean higher chances of overall well-being. To get the most benefits of music on a chaotic day, turn on some music and sing along.
2. It can improve your sleep;
3. It can improve productivity on repetitive tasks;
Upbeat music has been shown to expand efficiency and accuracy in moments where your complete focus is necessary to perform repetitive tasks. Furthermore, this may have great effects especially if the music is not played constantly, but if it’s introduced occasionally at intervals when normal attention is likely to wane.
4. Music makes you happier;
Unlike food or sex, music is not necessary for survival, but it is very rewarding and pleasurable. Listening to music taps into the same parts of the brain that pleasure from sex and food does. It releases a chemical called “dopamine”, that is associated with pleasure, enthusiasm, and reward.
5. Music increases verbal intelligence;
A recent study has shown that after one month of music lessons with children between the ages of 4 and 6, 90% significantly improved their ability to understand words and explain their meaning.
Clearly, there a number of different benefits that we can get from listening to music. In general, music can be seen a universal language as it helps us communicate “basic human feelings” regardless of the listener’s culture and ethnic background. So the next time a bitch tells you to turn the music down, refer this blog to her.
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