Scientists Prove How Music Can Act As An Antidepressant

By October 5, 2017 Health, Science

Humans can argue and debate over anything, and it’s rare that every human can agree upon one thing. However, I think every person can agree that music is amazing! Even scientific research shows that there are benefits to be obtained from listening to good music.

Music is amazing, I honestly couldn’t imagine life without it. Music is my go-to in many different scenarios where I’m not feeling well. It can completely change your mood and make you feel better, but now there is actual scientific research that proves music is good for you!

Many people have said over the years that music is medicine, and now scientists actually agree. While there are many different ways to obtain benefits from listening to music, research shows that no matter how you’re listening, you experience increased health, elevated mood, and stimulated inner awareness! Music has finally been proven to have a physiological effect on our bodies, improved concentration, and relieve stress! They additionally found that music can even act as an antidepressant!

“Music’s beneficial effects on mental health have been known for thousands of years. Ancient philosophers from Plato to Confucius and the kings of Israel sang the praises of music and used it to help soothe stress. Military bands use music to build confidence and courage. Sporting events provide music to rouse enthusiasm. Schoolchildren use music to memorize their ABCs. Shopping malls play music to entice consumers and keep them in the store. Dentists play music to help calm nervous patients.”

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Musical entertainment can create an external and internal connection that can be visually seen by the human eye. Have you ever been to a concert or a club? Seeing everyone dance and move in pattern to music is an extravagantly energetic connection! Scientists explain this by describing it as ‘mirror neurons, which is a form of mimicking that can happen emotionally and physically. A song might make you cry or give you chills, both of which are examples of a ‘mirror neuron’ happening. In the study, Neuroscience of Music, researchers found preliminary scientific evidence supporting claims that music influences health through neurochemical changes in four different domains: Reward, motivation and pleasure, stress and arousal, immunity, and social affliction.

The study was published by The Department Of Psychology at Mcgill University, Montreal. Researchers also found that music education has been shown to help children’s developing brains. Music is very obviously a mindful and holistic healing practice.

The potential therapeutic effects of music listening have been largely attributed to its ability to reduce stress and modulate arousal levels. Listening to ‘relaxing music’ (generally considered to have slow tempo, low pitch, and no lyrics) has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in healthy subjects, patients undergoing invasive medical procedures (e.g., surgery, colonoscopy, dental procedures, pediatric patients undergoing medical procedures, and patients with coronary heart disease.
– The Neurochemistry of Music

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