Music: The Veritable Soul Food
Published on September 22nd, 2014 | by Joan Makai
Too much of a good thing is bad as they say. Greasy steaks, burgers and fries, chocolate cakes, ice-cold beer by the beach… Whoever said that did not take into account another food – music. You see, music, in all forms, is food for the body, mind and soul. And no, too much music is not bad for health. Whether or not you are musically inclined, music in all forms or genre is good for you. Here are some reasons why:
Perhaps, the most obvious benefit that music has for most is that it makes one feel better, soothing the pain and emotional turmoil away. Experts say that this art form can verbalize one’s feelings than any other medium does. Like a magic wand; music, in its simplest form, can take troubles away from people. It can translate what a person feels without speaking and explains the deepest emotion. Whether it’s the lyrics of the song or the melody, everyone associates music to feeling good.
Advantage to Physical Health
This benefit of music is wide-ranging in the sense that it has a positive effect on several physiological processes in the body.
For example, stimulating music (rock and roll, dance-able R&Bs) increases muscle tension so it helps gym aficionados get pumped while working out. It also has the ability to lessen chronic pain, or ease one’s perception of it. Mellow ones can help people relax. This has been proven in the past years and the study is now published in a respected nursing journal. It boosts the immune system, helps one sleep better and improves one’s vital signs (heart rate, pulse rate and blood pressure).
Link to Growth and Development
Have you ever heard pediatricians telling new parents to make their children listen to Mozart, Chopin and other classical composers? This is because music is said to help the infant’s brain develop in a much quicker pace.
Infants and toddlers who are exposed to music are said to have better verbal, communication and visual skills. Pre-school students who undergo some sort of musical training for a month (rhythm, pitch, melody) have a better understanding of words and their meaning. Those in grade school who love music develop higher IQs and are seen to have better grades.
If the studies are to be believed, youngsters molded by music make wonderful adults.
The Actual Social Lubricant
Music really is the universal language. You can go to any part of the globe, not know the language spoken there, and strike up a weird conversation just because you know a song that they know or like a band that they like.
Not everyone will say that they are great lovers of music. However, no one could deny that, in one way or another, they have experienced the benefit of music. As music speaks a language everyone understands, one can hear a foreign song being played anywhere and fall in love with its melody without actually grasping the lyrics.