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November 17, 2019 Posted in: Wellness

Music can work magic on your mood!

You probably have heard – and likely experienced firsthand – how music can affect your mood. In fact, you might have a certain artist or music station you play when you’re feeling a certain way. Why does this happen? Without realizing it, you’re tapping into the power of music.

Think of a song or piece of music as a book – it can cheer you up, make you laugh, and calm anxieties or fears as you’re transported to new places in your imagination. Music possesses these same magical abilities, but it may also have healing and intellectual powers. Studies show that music can help patients undergoing chemotherapy respond better to treatment. Studies have also shown a direct correlation between improved SAT scores and length of time making or studying music.

What’s more, hearing a favorite song or hymn can lift your spirits, and listening to your favorite dance music can get you moving. Grooving to your favorite beat also gets your heart pumping – releasing those happiness-inducing endorphins that make you feel good.

So the next time you’re feeling stifled at the office, frustrated waiting in traffic, or feeling upset after a tough day, turn on some powerful, uplifting tunes. You day just might turn around.

Take Note

Hit The High Notes Throughout Your Day with These Simple Tips

During Your Commute

Softer, more soothing music like easy rock or country can help keep your sanity – and temper – in check during rush hour. It’s even better when you sing along.

Try Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” or Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

At the Office

Jazz has long been recognized for its relaxing qualities, and classical music has been shown to increase mood and concentration, setting you up for a productive work day. A frequently cited study about music and productivity has even noted the “Mozart effect,” showing that abstract reasoning ability is boosted after listening to Mozart for even a short time each day.

Try Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” album or Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante.”

Jamming at Home

Whether you’re cooking, cleaning or getting ready for the day, finding the right beat can help keep you motivated and moving.

Try Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” or Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It.”

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