Music – for pleasure or purpose

# Music

music1What genre of music do you like? Both adults and children all have a favourite song and/or band! If you are observant enough, you will realise that many people, in public, go around with their earpiece on without a second thought. Good and bad. (Add more info…)

Here are some benefits listening to music in our daily life!


  1. Music connects us to the people around us


As a teen shy of your 18th birthday, envious of your peers who spend Wednesday, Friday and/or Saturday nights at the popular Zouk Club? Wish you could join them although you have never experienced it first hand? Or as a parent, wonder why your child constantly asks for permission to go to a club with their friends despite your persistent dissuasion?

Fret not. It’s not so much that they chose the wrong path in life, not so much they are less focused on their studies, but the want to be included. They’ve all heard the stories of the fun nights, a night out with good music and your closest friends. Who doesn’t want to be a part of that? Yes, everyone has differing tastes in music, which is why many night clubs and bars showcases a wide range of genres, a variety that can cater to the masses.


  1. Music makes US happy


Have a favourite song that makes you feel like breaking out into song and dance when it come on? Of course we hold back if we’re in public so we don’t get judged as being weird on the train or bus. Know your best friend’s favourite song and that infamous tune can be heard on the bus and/or train rides you take with your group of friends? Yes, choruses of “shut up” can be heard when that happens but look on the bright side; your friends’ are happy in your company to burst into song, and sufficiently comfortable in your presence to showcase their “brilliant” vocal prowess.


  1. Music has various traits that boosts health, directly or indirectly


Ever seen athletes with their headphones plugged in moments before their big game? Wondered why they chose to sit in a corner of the stadium, plugged in and “stepping out” of the world for a bit?

Music is often seen as a source of entertainment but there are health benefits as well. Listening to music causes our brain to release dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter, instantly improving your mental state of mind. It is used as a form of therapy to help reduce depression and anxiety, and generally improves individuals’ mental health. It reduces cortisol levels, a type of stress hormone, in your body, often resulting in better performance in work and life as the pressure to perform is reduced under the influence of music.

A study done by the McGill University’s Psychology Department shows that listening to music had beneficial impacts on those individuals’ immune system, with reduced illnesses recorded and a longer forecasted life span.


  1. Music aids memory and boosts efficiency


Constantly see students listening to music as they study? Curious how they could concentrate on the information they were reading, assignments they were trying to complete?

Music has a way of reducing stress and anxiety levels, and helps individuals focus on tasks at hand in its entirety, taking away distractions in the surroundings. A study lead by researcher Brenda Hanna-Pladdy produced results that healthy adults with a musical background dating over ten years before performed better on cognitive tests, citing reasons like the practice and learning of a musical instrument “creates alternate connections in the brain that could compensate for cognitive declines as (we) get older”.

Fret not when you get reamed at by parents and teachers alike for being inefficient in studying when you choose to listen to your favourite songs as you study. It’s been scientifically proven to boost memory and achieve better academic results!


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