Do you ever find yourself humming a tune to yourself, or constantly re-singing the words to a song over and over again? You’re in tune with actual tunes. Who doesn’t love the sound of music? I mean, I’m sure there are a few of you out there who don’t but for the most generally speaking part, we all love and are surrounded by music. Music is everywhere you go. It’s on in the car on the radio on your way to work in the morning and home in the evening, it’s on in the grocery store as you shop, in the doctors office as you wait. It’s literally everywhere you go in public and it’s always making people happy. It doesn’t matter what song it is, there is someone listening to it and it instantly makes them happier. That’s what music does though. Studies have shown that music can actually improve peoples state of mind, mood and outlook on their day JUST by listening to a favourite song! Music is capable of doing a bunch of things to benefit health improvement!
It can literally change your mood:
Be honest with yourself. You’re in the office and you’re having a shitty day. You got into a fight with your boyfriend, your co-workers are pissing you off or you just happened to wake up on the wrong side of the WORLD let alone bed. You go out for lunch and get in the car and your favourite song is on. Tell me that you just can’t help but sing along and bump to it. That’s music improving your mood and making you happy. Wether it’s making you think about a happy moment related to the song, or the song itself is just so fun. Either way it’s helping your mood change, and even if just for the moment the song is playing, it’s working!
It can boost your immune system & heal pain:
Research has shown that music is capable of reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol (known for helping fuel your body’s “fight-or-flight” instinct in a crisis, but it also manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It keeps inflammation down. It boosts energy so you can handle stress and restores balance afterward) which is kind of at fault for making our immune systems weaker than they should be. There is research all over the internet that proves that just by listening to uplifting, fun, free feeling music for 30-60 minutes it can actually increase the antibodies in your system. That’s pretty cool!
It helps to de-crease stress and anxiety:
To all of my Grey’s Anatomy fans…You should know better than ANYONE, that sometimes in life, in the some shitty situations, when you have no words left or no tears left to cry, sometimes you just need to dance it out. shake your limbs, dance circles around your living room, shake your booty, and like Taylor says, just shake it off. I could probably say that music and dancing it out, has actually saved me from crumbling to pieces on more times than I can count on my hand. Music (like I said above) can really help to increase or change your mood and when you struggle from anxiety, it literally feels like the walls around you are caving in and you just want to give up, and music creates an escape, or like a ”happy place” if you will. It takes you away from what ever is stuck in your head and won’t escape which will then, in turn, also brighten your mood. I always feel the best when I’m dancing it out.
STOP! MUSIC TIME!
My top feel good songs that ALWAYS get me dancing
1) Whitney Houston: Dance With Somebody
2) Taylor Swift: Shake it Off
3) Pitbul & Neyo: Give Me Everything (Also, pretty much ANYTHING Pitbul)
4) Lady Gaga: Born This Way
5) Be Faithful : Fatman Scoop
6) Britney Spears: Work B*tch
Music makes people want to physically move their body:
I don’t know about you but when I’m really into the song I’m listening to, my body is too! I have my own little dance parties while I’m cleaning, while I’m cooking, at work in the office, or just in general while I feel I’ve been too stiff in one spot for too long. Dancing releases endorphins, which are those good feeling hormones that we all need to release every so often to keep our stress levels, anxiety levels and depression levels low. Which keeps us happy, which music also does for us which is exactly what I just discussed above…talk about coming full circle.
It brings people together:
One of my fondest memories with my boyfriend was our first ever telephone conversation back when text messages weren’t unlimited and you only had 2500 a month to send so my mom took my cell phone away from me for going over…ANYWAYS. one of the first things we talked about was our love for music and what kind of music we were into. It turns out that we had a huge common interest for the same band which started a huge conversation where we practically picked what “our song” would be and that was 10 years ago so the rest is history. Music brings people together and it happens everywhere. When you’re with your friends and you throw on your favourite play list to just chill with, and you’re all singing along to the music or just bobbing around in your seats, thats music bringing you together.
Music and meditation/relaxation go hand in hand:
I’m not personally deep into mediation but I have dabbled in it and It’s pretty cool how wonderfully it can work to de-stress you and just clear your body and mind of everything. The meditation junkies of the world use something called 432Hz music during meditation and even massage therapy. What is 432 hz music? According to Richard Huisken, music tuned to 432 Hz is music that is softer and brighter, giving greater clarity and is easier on the ears for listening. Many people experience more meditative and relaxing states of body and mind when listening to such music. The natural musical pitch of the universe gives a more harmonic and pleasant sound than 440 Hz. Pretty cool huh? I get massages pretty frequently and every time I’m there, my RMT has such calming and soothing music on that I end up getting so distracted by and faded into that I, momentarily, forget where I am and what I’m doing. 432hz is what my RMT plays. BOOM mind blown.
A List of My Favourite Bands/Artists
1) Matchbox Twenty
6) Fall Out Boy
7) Panic! At the Disco
The lyrics do something to you:
…And it’s a wonderful thing. Do you have songs that you listen to specifically for insight or advice? Do the lyrics speak to you and help you in a way that not even your best friends can? We often hear about how fans of bands and artists say that the band’s music changed their life, and that it stopped them from doing something they regret. That to me speaks volumes, and this is coming from a place of experience. There are so many songs and lyrics and the bands who make the beautiful lyrics, that have inspired me and changed me in so many ways. Lyrics move you, just as much, if not more, than the music itself.
Music makes memories:
I grew up hearing the most amazing music that the last 60 years has had to offer. My dad would play classic rock and some great 80’s tunes and I remember dancing around like a fool while he worked away on the house stuff. Some of my favourite memories in life are surrounded by music. Eric Church said “it’s funny how a melody sounds like a memory…” and he was right. I associated so many songs that I hear, to certain friends and family, and even Jordan. It can literally take you back in time to an amazing memory that you’ll have for a lifetime, and I think that’s an amazing part of music. I have an old ipod Nano (first generation of course) with music on there from the summer that Jordan and I met and I refuse to remove any songs on it because when I listen to it, I get so emotional and overwhelmed with memories. It’s become my little time machine.
I feel like ending this blog post needs to be done in a specific way. I’m going to leave you with my favourite songs that have helped pull me out of a deep funk and remind me of who I am, and why I’m doing what I’m doing.
1) Panic! At the Disco: High Hopes
2) Mariana’s Trench: Who Do You Love?
3) Wilson Phillips: Hold on
4) Fall Out Boy: I’ve Got a Dark Alley and a Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth (Summer Song)
5) Rob Thomas: Someday
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and as always, leave some love, share with a friend and don’t ever dull that shine.
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