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Cue The Music June 5, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Music & Dance.

Music can improve our mood and positive feelings of well being.  Like meditation, it can improve blood flow, lower levels of stress hormones, and ease pain. It can also improve the quality of our sleep.

Music activates neurochemical systems and brain structures associated with positive mood, emotion regulation, attention, and memory.

But listening to music can also be unsettling.  Be selective.  Experiment to find what resonates and makes you feel good.

To read more:  Is Listening to Music Good For Your Health

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1. Jill Weatherholt - June 5, 2018

I love how music is being used to spark memories in Alzheimer’s patients.

nrhatch - June 5, 2018

Alzheimer’s patients who have lost the ability to engage in many of their other lifetime hobbies can often sit down at the piano and play at their previous levels ~ soothing themselves in the process.

2. GodGirl - June 5, 2018

So true. We often forget the power of music.

nrhatch - June 5, 2018

For me, music’s impact is immediate ~ either tugging my mood UP with a positive Mood Boost or down.

As soon as I notice I’m going the “wrong way” . . . I swap out the music for something more Uplifting. 😀

3. Tippy Gnu - June 5, 2018

I’m selective with the music I hear by closing my windows when my neighbor has a party.

nrhatch - June 5, 2018

Good music would make me want to “crash” the party. :mrgreen:

4. Kate Crimmins - June 5, 2018

Love the old music. Brings back good memories.

nrhatch - June 5, 2018

Some music makes me happy . . . other music “brings me down.” Bet you can guess which I prefer!

5. Ally Bean - June 5, 2018

I’ve never ever considered that listening to music might be unhealthy! I don’t like all of it, but that which I enjoy I’ve always assumed was good for me. Interesting article.

nrhatch - June 5, 2018

They gave some great examples of how music can be used to raise our anxiety levels . . .

“Just turn on the creepy themes from films like Halloween or The Shining if you need examples of how music can fan the flames of anxiety, rather than squelch them.”

And then there’s maudlin movie music that causes sad memories to surface.

Ally Bean - June 5, 2018

Huh. So true. I know that I’ve been with people in restaurants who went all ballistic because the music was all wrong to them. I didn’t even notice that there was music playing!

nrhatch - June 5, 2018

I’m a bit like you ~> I tend to tune out music that doesn’t appeal to me when “out and about.”

But when a “good song” comes on . . . I’ve been known to dance in the aisles. 😀

6. Debra - June 6, 2018

I listen to a lot of music and utilize many different modalities, from my old phonograph to streaming! We are so fortunate to have almost more choices than we know what to do with! 🙂

nrhatch - June 6, 2018

Growing up ~> albums, 45’s, 8-tracks, and cassettes.
And then the advent of CD’s! Woo Hoo!

I listen to CD’s in the car and in the living room and youtube in my office. So much music . . . so little time.

7. Behind the Story - June 6, 2018

Different times, different moods require different music. When you choose the right music, it feels so good. Today I had a great time singing along with the CDs in my car on the way to and from the grocery store.

nrhatch - June 6, 2018

Agreed! When music resonates, it’s a brilliant sensation. Like you, I love to sing in the car while running errands.

Yesterday I listened to Three Dog Night ~> Shambala . . . I Never Been to Spain . . . One . . . Family of Man . . . Joy to the World.

8. L. Marie - June 6, 2018

I passed the Constitution test in eighth grade, because of Schoolhouse Rock, which used music to help kids remember things (like the preamble). So yes! I know what you mean!

nrhatch - June 6, 2018

There are songs that are “stuck” in my head from way back when. Lyrics do help me to remember.

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