Many have wondered about the history of music. How do you think music originate? The widespread belief is that music originated in the primitive ages – where the sounds of nature were the very first music to human ears.
Today on World Music Day, as we hum to our favourite tune, let’s know how music benefits us.
1. Music helps us sleep better:
Remember the last time you played some soft instrumental music before going to sleep and slept like a baby? You should do that often. Music helps one sleep better, according to lifehack.org, ‘A study showed that students who listened to relaxing classical music for 45 minutes before turning in slept significantly better than students who listened to an audiobook or did nothing different from their normal routine.’
2. Music reduces stress and makes you healthier:
No wonder why most people like to shut out the world and plug in their earphones, listening to their favourite music tracks and unwinding. Listening to music is an age-old method to reduce stress – we all have done it. A study published on pubmed.gov stated that active participation in playing musical instruments had an impact on boosting our immunity.
3. Music makes you happier:
When you listen to music, your brain is more than happy to release ‘dopamine’ – the hormone that makes you feel happier, better. A neuroscientist, Valorie Salimpoor at McGill University found out that large amounts of dopamine were released in the brain when the participants of her study listened to their favourite music!
4. It will help you eat less:
A research conducted at Georgia Tech University showed that when people eat with soft lighting and music playing in the background, they tend to eat less. So if you are looking to burn your calories – play some music while you eat. You will feel full and have fun eating your meal.
5. Music helps your memory:
Try remembering an answer from your exam that you gave a few years ago. Now try to remember a rhyme that you sang in playschool. Which one did you remember better? That’s your proof. A research involving Japanese participants showed that listening to music (positive or neutral) helped recall information better. Next time you are preparing for something that requires your memory to be top-notch, listen to soft music that doesn’t interfere with your preparation.
“Music can change the world because it can change the people.”
Happy World Music Day!