How music can affect your mood and productivity
Studies about the influence of music on humans began in the 1950s in Europe and USA. Doctors started to notice the benefits of music therapy on patients. Neuromusicology is the study of the reactions of the brain and nervous system to music.
Read on to discover how music can affect your mood and productivity by influencing your brain in various ways.
Music can reduce stress
Soothing music will help to reduce worry by relieving your muscle tension. Classical music such as Mozart or Schubert is the most recommended, but research has shown that loud rock music even if it doesn’t sound soothing can have the same effect. All types of music work. So drop your anxiety medications, close your eyes, and listen to some music instead.
Music can improve brain function
Researchers have found that playing a musical instrument, as opposed to listening to music can similarly influence the brain in various ways. Learning and playing an instrument may enhance your memory and intelligence. Most people have brains that are larger on either the right or left side corresponding to whether they are more logical or creative. Musicians have more symmetrical brains than non-performers. Both sides of their brain cooperate with each other more than in non-musicians, to produce higher scores in intelligence tests.
Music can improve sleep quality
We all know how a lack of sleep can mark our mood. We certainly notice if we get less zzz’s than we need. Studies have shown that regularly listening to classical music is an effective way to improve the quality of your sleep. In turn, this leads to a better mood and a more productive life in general.
Music can affect your emotions
We all have experiences of how music can affect our brains through our emotions— sad music, happy music, dancing music, each touches us differently. Happy tunes encourage a release of the hormones serotonin and dopamine in the brain to foster feelings of well-being and happiness. In the same vein, sad music also causes a sad feeling, which is not recommended unless you wish to feel sad! But sad music does have a part to play. When you are experiencing sorrow and grief, you don’t want to feel happy. In this case, sad music does make you feel a bit better, as it seems to agree with your present sentiment.
Music can improve your attention and focus
In open office spaces where a large number of employees are working together, noise and distractions can cause a decrease in focus and attention which can cause a decrease in productivity. Employees who are allowed to bring their own music to listen to on headphones find it helps them to focus their attention and concentrate on their work, and therefore increases efficiency. Melodious instrumental music seems to work best in the corporate workplace, and music with lyrics has a place in creative environments.
Listening to and playing music is a good way to enhance your life by improving your attitude and also your productivity. Happier people have a more positive outlook on life which flows on to provide several benefits such as better health, greater creativity and even more income. A good disposition equals a better life. Studies from various universities worldwide have achieved results that show – people who listen to music are happier people all-round.
At Ikin Dance Australia, we love music, and know that dancing to music makes us happy. If you want to come join in the fun with some of the best Gold Coast dancers, call 07 5522 1863 today. You’re first trial class is FREE!