A young boy dressed in headband and retro workout attire is having a great time listening to music on his boombox. He has a serious expression on his face and is excited for health.

We all love a good workout playlist, a song that automatically calms us down, and those three songs from junior year that we played when we were getting ready to go out; but did you know that music can do more than that for your brain?

Here are a few different ways music can affect you:

1. It makes you feel good Group of friends dancing and having fun at a music festival.

We might as well start with most obvious right? The way you can’t help but smile, or instantly start tapping your feet (even when it’s a song you can’t stand), yeah, that’s music’s fault.

As music enters the brain it triggers the release of dopamine, which makes you feel happy. It’s a pretty much immediate response.

2. It makes you smarter People collection

Research showed that children with three plus years of musical training tested better on vocabulary and nonverbal reasoning skills.

There is also research that shows music helps with exercise and motor skills.

3. It boosts your health Happy student texting and listening to the music

A 2016 study showed that listening to music improved mood and led to better sleep quality. A separate study also found that music in cataract patients helped lower blood pressure.

Music appears to have a calming effect on the body, reducing stress and improving the body’s
immune system function.

4. It improves your memory Thoughtful woman in the train looking through the window

Did you know music can make remembering easier? Research showed that classical music improved the memory of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, along with helping to slow down the onset of dementia.

5. It helps you focus Pretty smiling girl listening to music from headphones with pleasure at coworking office, lying on sofa, using laptop, drinking hot coffe from nice cup and resting.

Not all music is helpful to this end, but some definitely is. The best music, according to the experts, is music that will keep you awake without distracting you to the point of dancing and toe-tapping. Classical music appears to be best as it’s free of lyrics and has a good tempo.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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