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Posted June 23, 2020 by Chris in Features
 
 

Music Has the Power of 3 in 1: It Heals Us, Inspires Us, and Moves Us Every Day

We listen to music when we are at work, at home, alone or with friends, in waiting rooms, public transportation… Music accompanies us almost everywhere, but how many positive influences it has on us is still the subject of scientific research.

Learning to play an instrument makes us smarter, it has been proven. However, listening to music makes us more relaxed, productive and without a doubt – it inspires and moves us.

When we listen to music, the same centers in the brain are activated as when we eat chocolate. It releases dopamine, the hormone of happiness, reduces anxiety and stress, and even reduces pain. Depending on the character, some people can easily perform other activities in addition to music, and work faster.

The calming effects of music can be compared to a cat that purrs. Research shows that music can lower blood pressure and relieve muscle tension. Some scientists have done a study that shows that patients recover faster after a stroke when they listen to music for two hours a day.

There’s Audience for Every Kind of Music

An interactive chart exposing 20 songs that topped music charts in 22 countries in the world in the last 10 years revealed that there’s an audience for every kind and strength of the music. In order to identify the characteristics of the most successful songs, statisticians decided to look at some metrics (key, tempo, and time signature) to create the ultimate formula for each country.

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To complete the story, while creating this unique chart, statisticians included songs’ elements (energy and danceability) that influence the way listeners feel. Thus, formulae for each country was calculated to determine what elements of a song will give it the best chance of achieving a chart-topper in those countries.

Here are some of the results: the greatest tempo for the track to top the chart was required in Mexico (128 beats per minute); the most energetic tunes were preferred by fans in Spain (energy score: 81 out of 100); the equally highest average danceability score was found in 4 countries – Canada, France, New Zealand, and Portugal (all reporting 74 out of 100).

Every Human Cell “Listens“ to Music

No research is needed to show how much proper music in the morning can improve our mood and give us energy for the whole day. Music that also contains vocals has an even bigger and more direct impact on our brain.

Scientists say that singing to a baby and soothing music are their first language lessons, helping to eliminate possible speech problems in the future. Later in school, teachers see a correlation between good language skills and musical talent. It’s recommended that women sing to their babies during pregnancy because the child also receives sounds and melodies prenatally and reacts to sound stimulation.

It has been proven that every cell “listens“ to music. The ears can be completely plugged, music can be played and the muscles will automatically relax and calm down. The nuclei of our cells are like electromagnetic antennas that respond to electromagnetic signals coming from us.

Also, the use of music in sports is well known. We can run faster when we listen to music, our body “responds“ to the beats of music and maintains the rhythm even when we’re completely exhausted. It’s no coincidence that such music is played in fitness centers or shopping malls.

We forget how much music helps us and how much it heals us. There are also music therapy workshops that help the recovery of even the most difficult patients.

So, enjoy music constantly and everywhere.


Chris

 
I listen to and write about music!