Music is not only good for your soul, but great for your brain

May 10, 2021

For Mental Health Month 2021, we're publishing a series of articles on simple things you can do at home to help destress and deal with anxiety, plus improve your mood. For for on Mental Health Month, visit the Mental Health America website.

Music has been part of human history for centuries and for good reason — it brings people together to laugh, cry, celebrate and reminisce; it can influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviors; and it can promote endorphin release to relieve stress and pain.

Some research indicates how important music is to fostering a feeling of social connectedness, which is a core human experience. It brings people together for a shared experience to celebrate, protest and mourn, and allows for unique expressions of our social ties through the strengthening of our relationships.

We use music to make us laugh, cry and reminisce. The fact that music can influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviors isn’t much of a surprise — because the psychological impact of music can be powerful.

Researchers have interviewed a wide range of people to ask them why they listen to music and despite the vast demographic differences, the answers were strikingly similar. One of the most common uses of music is that it helps us regulate our emotions. It has the ability to change our mood and help us process our feelings. Put simply, music lets us embrace our emotions by leaning into them.

Along with our own personal enjoyment of music, it can also be used in a professional setting.

Music therapy is a research-based allied health modality in which music is used to actively support people as they aim to improve their health, functioning and well-being. It can help people of all ages to manage their physical and mental health and enhance their quality of life.

Music therapy can be used to help reduce stress, regulate mood, improve memory, improve sleep and more.

So this National Mental Health Month, put on some mood boosting music on this playlist and enjoy whatever feelings it brings up for you.

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This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition or treatment, or before starting a new healthcare regimen and never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you've read on this website.

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