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Exploring the effects of Music on Mental Health…

“A song a day keeps the doctor away”

Music - it’s a universally understood language. It connects people. It provides the memorable soundtrack to your best days and that light of hope, or hand of solace, to your darkest.

Countless studies over the years have proved that playing and/or listening to music has multiple positive effects on a human beings mental health such as: reducing anxiety/stress, boosting morale when exercising, improving memory - the list goes on for quite a while!

Listening, writing or playing music is often a therapeutically invigorating and valuable experience for a lot of people. Let’s explore that…

The Cambridge Dictionary defines Music as "a pattern of sounds made by musical instruments, voices, or computers, or a combination of these, intended to give pleasure to people listening to it”.

At its core, music is free from any barriers that may usually divide us all. It simply serves the purpose of providing enjoyment, or comfort, and I think that’s a truly powerful thing.

Originally posted to Nature Neuroscience back in 2011, researchers from McGill University in Montreal (Canada) found that a chemical called dopamine is released at peak times of music listening pleasure.