How music affects our mood and how you can benefit from it
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How music affects our mood and how you can benefit from it

A growing number of studies show that music therapy — the use of music to treat mental and physical issues such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder — has tangible benefits. Our bodies and emotions are closely linked. There is a strong connection between music and our feelings and emotions, and the power of music to affect us – positively or negatively – is well documented.

People have been using it for thousands of years as a way to improve their lives and enjoy themselves at social gatherings and during specific activities such as dancing, sports, and relaxation. With our growing understanding of just how powerful music can be, we continue to use it for this purpose, whether we realize it or not.

Music can affect our mood for a number of reasons

The melody and rhythm of the music

Our brains are hardwired to respond to certain types of music, so listening to that song you used to love when you were in high school can bring back memories.

The tempo or beat of the song tells our body how fast or slow we should move

So if it's too fast, we move too fast; if it's too slow, we move too slowly. This is why dancing is so much fun!

The lyrics of the song

We're hardwired to respond to words with powerful emotional content because these words were crucial survival tools for us millions of years ago when there was no language. Even now, they have a special power over every human being who ever heard them sung by someone they love. 

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It’s one of those elements we can’t live without and take for granted every day. Music definitely affects our moods and has the potential to make us happy, sad, angry — and even simply bored. Use it accordingly.


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