“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” -Kahlil Gibran. When we put in our earbuds and pull up Spotify, we submit to the influence of music and the magic that it is. The lyrics and the rhythm entrance us, and take us somewhere abstract.
Music is a source that has control over the listener. While music is a fun way to express one’s self, it also has a large effect on a person’s brain. The article “Keep Your Brain Young With Music” by John Hopkins Medical states, “Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.” Palladium Private states in the article “6 Benefits Of Music For Your Mental Health,” “Music is said to enhance intelligence and focus, improve mental health…It can be used to relax, to boost and lift our mood, or to improve concentration.”
Music is a resource that helps to calm a person and all things considered, making people more relaxed. When listening to music, anxiety is reduced and endorphins along with serotonin are raised. Not only does music subside feelings of distress, but it also escalates satisfaction and contentment. In the article “How Can Music Affect Your Mood And Reduce Stress,” Louisa Starling states, “Music can have a massive effect on emotions… research that shows that music can affect our emotions in different ways. Happy, upbeat music causes our brains to produce chemicals like dopamine and serotonin, which evokes feelings of joy, whereas calming music relaxes the mind and the body.”
Listening to music is an easy way to increase brain activity, reduce stress, calm oneself, and increase overall euphoria. So as the school year progresses, if you ever need a pick me up, put down the books and pick up your playlist for a few minutes to destress and regroup.