Music For Mental Health

Many studies are devoted to research into the benefits of listening and playing music. The ever-growing range of music therapies also points to the beneficial powers of music.

Emotional benefits
Everyone has one or more songs that can improve his or her state of mind when things go less. What hides behind this is the fact that music like no other medium is capable of expressing and expressing feelings. Usually we have songs for different situations, so we can choose the melody that best suits our feelings.

To increase the connection between your state of mind and music, you do well to make associations between certain songs and moods. This way you know which song you need to cheer up or calm down.

Music and exercise
Have you ever noticed how excited you are when you perform fitness exercises on a hard rock hit? If you switch to a quiet, rippling song, you will soon notice the difference. It is therefore not surprising that more than once it has been suggested that stimulating music creates more muscle tension, while quiet music does the opposite.

What has also been noticed is that music can help in the development of motor skills. For example, a study showed that children who hear music while learning simple motor skills such as throwing, catching and jumping achieved better results than those who had to do without music.

Chronic pain
Music would also significantly reduce the sensation of chronic pain. Of course, some good songs will not be able to relieve you of your pain, but once the medication is ready, some of your favorite hits help ease the pain.

Better results
According to various studies, music would also increase your learning abilities. Studying and creating music help you study other matter. In general, those people also get better results. Whether the style of music is a contributory factor is not yet certain, but it is well known that thought patterns that arise during the making of music help to develop language skills, social and mathematical skills.

Developed interaction in the brain
Certain studies have shown that there is more interaction between the two hemispheres of people who play music. According to experts, music is actually a kind of exercise to send signals through our brains. Sending these signals is used to activate our other functions. The ‘Mozart effect’ is proof of this. By listening to a piano sonata by the composer, people gained 8 to 9 points more on a Standford-Binet IQ test.

Universal language
An obscure band from Australia, The Cat Empire, once sang, ‘Music is the language of us all’ or freely translated: ‘music is our common language’. And indeed, even though you go to the other side of the world, it is difficult to start a conversation because of language problems, so that everyone can join in discussions about Madonna, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones.

The decision that we can draw from all research is that music plays a positive role in many areas of human development. For the time being it is not clear what the specific role of different rhythmic patterns is. Due to the large diversity of genres it is not always easy to make a general statement. But it is not imaginary that the effects of music might be stronger than we think.

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