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Research into the profound effects of listening to music is not new. Science has proved how the right tunes can help with everything from work productivity to dementia...
Emerging science shows that the range of perks expands even further, including everything from experiencing stress-busting benefits at live shows to improving the lives of cancer patients.
1). Music Therapy
A review of studies on music therapy used for cancer patients found that symptoms were eased with some enjoyable tunes. Anxiety, pain and even fatigue were all affected by the presence of music. Patients were also found to have lower blood pressure and heart and respiratory rates.
Joke Bradt, PhD, study author and associate professor in Drexel University‘s College of Nursing and Health Professions, stated, “The results of single studies suggest that music listening may reduce the need for anesthetics and analgesics, as well as decreased recovery time and duration of hospitalization.” Continued research will show just how far the scope music therapy has on cancer patients.
2). Stress Reduction
Another study from the Centre for Performance Science at the Royal College of Music in London has pioneered research into live concerts and their effects on stress. What they have found is that live music reduces some of the hormones associated with rising anxiety levels, very similarl to other types of musical practices. Authors of the study state, “This is the first preliminary evidence that attending a cultural event can have an impact on endocrine activity.”
The endocrine system is complicated, yet there are certain hormones associated with stress levels. The study found significant reductions in cortisone and cortisol after participants had spent some time enjoying live music by composer Eric Whitacre. These results indicate that a sense of relaxation and calm is a bonus perk of music festival prices of admission.
3). Watching Live Music
Live music can also improve life satisfaction, according to a new study out of Australia. Participants reported an increased sense of happiness and quality of life after experiencing a live show. Being a part of a communal activity is thought to be what makes this sensation so real, as opposed to listening to music solo.
There is still time for plenty of outdoor musical adventures and to enjoy a state of bliss alongside your fellow concertgoers. There are also tons of other ways to revel in the health benefits of listening to tunes, so incorporating your own version of music therapy into your daily life could mean lower stress, increased relaxation and more overall happiness.