Music is a universal language that everyone speaks. It transcends culture, race, age and class and has proven benefits that are well documented in research. Music has been a part of everyday life for thousands of years. The oldest found instruments are up to 40 000 years. Music is a part of being human. It’s been used to tell stories, teach lessons, express emotions and to have fun. Lots of people have a physical reaction to music. Some people also claim that music boosts intellectual power. “Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” (Ludwig van Beethoven). Is listening music beneficial for humans? And if so how?
Countless studies has been done to find out if there are physical benefits to music. Most show that there is. Studies have shown that there is no specific part of the human brain that resonates with directly with music. This means music affects the human brain as a whole utilizing all different parts of it (Music Therapy vs antidepressants when treating depression Essay). This led to the discovery of how music can help heal damages to the brain caused by stroke, overdose, asphyxiation and many other things harmful to the human brain. Music triggers memories in the brain like no other. Triggering these neurons in the brain bring the listener back to a time when that song impacted them, this bring the brain back to a time before their brain injury occurred, this reminds the brain of what it could do bring some of the action back to the listener and slowly repairing the damaged area. This is often used to treat alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Music can also affect the human body the way Satins would, lowering the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream (Heid). This lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. Music is also very effective in the fight against depression. Part of music’s effect on the brain is in the area that regulates emotion. It causes the brain to produce more serotonin which is a chemical that causes happiness and other positive emotions (Music Therapy vs antidepressants when treating depression Essay). This is the reason music is used and effective against anxiety and depression. “Music seems to “selectively activate” neurochemical systems and brain structures associated with positive mood, emotion regulation, attention and memory, says Kim Innes, a professor of epidemiology at West Virginia University’s School of Public Health,”(Heid). Music has been proven to ease physical pain (Heid). At the least it is a distraction from pain, but there are ongoing studies to see if music releases pain reducing chemicals in the brain.
Kate Innes also co-wrote a study that uncovered that music can not only improve your mood but also can also relieve stress in a similar that meditation can (Heid). This obviously leads to better overall mental health. This comes with many perks such better control over mood and a higher frequency in positive moods. Another perk is the increase in sleep hours and more importantly sleep quality.