Music is our clean gateway to Utopia. Those magical tunes have more right doing than just releasing dopamine, the feel-good chemical. We keep on repeating the same song for a reason; here are 12 facts you didn’t know about the power of music:
1- Origins of the Word “Music”
The word “Music” comes from Muses, the inspirational goddesses of literature, science, and the arts in Greek mythology.
2- Jazzy Brain
Research has found that when Jazz musicians improvise, their brains turn off areas associated with self-censoring and inhibition and turn on areas that allow self-expression to flow.
3- Post-Stroke Recovery
In Finland, stroke patients listened to music for a couple of hours each day. Verbal memory and attention span improved drastically in comparison to patients who received no music stimulation.
4- Improves IQ
A study conducted on 8-11 year-olds showed that those who had extracurricular music classes developed higher verbal IQ and visual abilities.
5- Decreases Depression
Modern research confirms that cheerful music, such as Mozart, Klezmer, Salsa and Reggae, are the most needed prescription for your blues.
6- Reduces Blood Pressure
People with high blood pressure listened to relaxing recordings (Celtic Ragas) every morning for 30 minutes as a training to lower their blood pressure according to a research reported by the American Society of Hypertension meeting in New Orleans.
7- Singing Out Loud
It’s scientifically proven that singing out loud tends to lower stress, relieve anxiety and elevate endorphins. Sing at the top of your lungs!
Playing classical music recordings in a few dozen train stations in 2003 in London showed 18 months later a decrease by 37% in vandalism, 33% in robberies and 25% in assaults on staff. Time to burst classical music in our tube stations and notice the change.
9- It’s Addictive
Listening to your favorite song over and over again simply lets your brain secrete dopamine to experience the same chills again.
10- Promotes Growth of Plants
A study by Dr. T.C. Singh, head of the Botany Department at India’s Annamalai University showed a growth rate acceleration by 20% in height and 72% in biomass in the balsam plants when exposed to music. The same experiment was later repeated with crops, and they showed an increase of 25-60% above the regional average.
11- Boosts Milk Production in Cows
A stress free cow produces more milk by listening to music. Music distracts cows, helps them stay calm and release oxytocin, a hormone that is related to the milking process.
And here is a video of elephants swaying to the violin for a brighter day.