Music gives a soul to the Universe – Seven Ways That Music Benefits Your Health

1

music_gives_soul-1600x900

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain .” - Bob Marley

Lets see the effect music can have on a physical/ mental and psychological level :

1-   Improves your visual and verbal skills

Early music education stimulates a child’s brain, leading to improved performance in verbal intelligence. This was suggested in a study among 4-to 6-year-olds who received only one month of musical training. It included training in rhythm, pitch, melody, voice and basic musical concepts, and this proved to have a “transfer effect,” enhancing their ability to understand words and explain their meaning.

Another study among 8 to 11-year-olds found that those who had extra-curricular music classes, developed higher verbal IQ, and visual abilities, in comparison to those with no musical training.

2) Affects the heartbeat, pulse rate and blood pressure

As Nietzsche, said, ‘We listen to music with our muscles.’ Studies have proved that music can not only strengthen the heart but also improve the recovery of patients suffering from heart disease.

No matter the genre of music, listening to one’s favorite music releases endorphins in the brain that improves the vascular health. (Opera, classical and other types of ‘joyful’ music were more likely to stimulate endorphins as opposed to heavy metal)

At Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, men and women who listened to music soon after undergoing cardiac surgery were less anxious andreported having less pain than those who just rested quietly.

At Massachusetts General Hospital, a nurse-led team found that heart patients confined to bed who listened to music for 30 minutes had lower blood pressure, slower heart rates, and less distress than those who didn’t listen to music.

The rhythm, the melody and harmony, all play a role in the emotional and cardiovascular response.

3) Improves sleep quality in students

Young or old, we all face sleep problems, in some cases, regularly, in other cases, when we’ve had an overactive day. Listening to soft music is indeed relaxing, hence improving the quality of your sleep.

Research shows that music can help reduce several factors known to interfere with sleep (including stress and anxiety), promote physical changes that support more restful sleep (such as lowered heart and respiratory rates), and aid in treatment of Insomnia.

4) Makes you Happier

Music affects our emotional state, making you feel happy, ecstatic or even sad. According to a study, your brain releases dopamine, a feel-good chemical, when you listen to tunes that move you. Sometimes you also experience feeling of shivers or chills while listening to a particular track, this shows that brain releases large amount of dopamine, that gives you happiness and pleasure. So listening to music gives us the same hit of happiness that we would get from a piece of chocolate, sex or drugs.

While another study shows that Music with a quick tempo in a major key, brought about all the physical changes associated with happiness in listeners. In contrast, a slow tempo and minor key led to sadness.

Even when we listen to happy music with the intention to feel happy, it always works as opposed to simply listening to music without attempting to alter our mood.

5) Boosts your immune system and reduce Pain

Music has been found to reduce the levels of stress hormone, cortisol, which can weaken the immune system and is responsible for many illnesses. If you like to dance to uplifting music, then you are definitely on a path to better health. Scientists found that after listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting dance music, the levels of antibodies in participants’ bodies increased.

Different types of music might have different effect, but it also depends on your personal preference and what tunes resonate with your soul. What resonates with the spirit, does have a healing effect.

6) Reduces Depression and Anxiety

Listening to music has much more effect on the human mind and psyche. Researchers say that it can helpease anxiety among cancer patients, have positive effects on their mood, pain and improve quality of life. Researchers from Drexel University found that cancer patients who either listened to music or worked with a music therapist experienced a reduction in anxiety, had better blood pressure levels and improved moods.

7) Keeps an aging brain healthy

Having musical training could help keep the brain healthy as people grow older. Any kind of musical activity in life serves as a challenging cognitive exercise, making your brain sharper and more capable of dealing with challenges of aging.

Even someone with brain damage or dementia can recover memories through listening to music. It is ingrained in our deepest core of being, no matter the language, the sound and the rhythm resonates deep within. Like Kahlil Gibran puts it, “Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”

Credit MyBeatFix

If you’re still not convinced just listen below to Radiohead‘s Codex

About these ads

Animals are Better than Humans – They love to do Yoga

2

Animals are Better than Humans – They play Follow the Leader Better

2

Animals are Better than Humans – Cats & Dogs can be Best Friends

3

A 500-POUND lion and a cute miniature sausage dog have completely turned the idea of “fighting like cats and dogs” on its head. Bonedigger, a five-year old male lion, and Milo, a seven-year old Dacshund dog, are so close that Milo nonchalantly licks the massive lion’s teeth to clean them. The two have been inseparable over the past five years at G.W Exotic Animal Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Bonedigger and his pack of dogs cuddle, feast on raw meat and play in the grounds together. The park was damaged and flooded, but is managing to provide shelter for domestic and wild creatures that are homeless because of the storm. Donations to the park can be made at http://usza.us/Emergency-Fund.php.

Just going with the Flow like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan

1

Have you’ve ever ask yourself who are you? – The Who

3

Do you really want to be a well respected man? – The Kinks

1

Animals are better than Humans – They enjoy a good laugh… (Pictures)

OK, you’re right; not all of the animals below are actually laughing, but they sure do look like they’re having a good time!  

laughing chimps

The chimpanzee on the left is testing out new material for his comedic stand-up routine.

laughing elephant

This elephant is physically unable to contain his joy and excitement.

laughing cheetah

This chortling cheetah is reminiscing on an exceptionally hilarious memory involving a wildebeest and a guineafowl.

laughing otter

Someone call the vet! This otter is suffering from a serious giggling fit.

laughing zebra

This zebra’s hobbies include chuckling, guffawing and cracking up.

laughing squirrel

This squirrel is tittering about that mustard stain on the front of your shirt.

laughing elephant seal

This elephant seal just looked at himself in the mirror.
laughing cat
This cackling cat is actually laughing at his own joke.
happy to see me
This dog just can’t.
laughing seal
This seal is literally rolling on the floor laughing.
Credit: www.mnn.com

 

 

Animals are Better than Humans – They’re better Heroes – Meet Daisy the first Canine with a Medal of Honor

9

10172844_10203769438373105_3955832051965816798_n

James Crane worked on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center … He is blind so he has a golden retriever named Daisy. After the plane hit 20 stories below, James knew that he was doomed, so he let Daisy go, out of an act of love.

She darted away into the darkened hallway. Choking on the fumes of the jet fuel and the smoke James was just waiting to die. About 30 minutes later, Daisy comes back along with James’ boss, Who Daisy just happened to pick up on floor 112 on her first run of the building, she leads James, James’ boss, and about 300 more people out of the doomed building. But she wasn’t through yet, she knew there were others who were trapped. So, highly against James’ wishes she ran back in the building.

On her second run, she saved 392 lives. Again she went back in. During this run, the building collapses. James hears about this and falls on his knees into tears. Against all known odds, Daisy makes it out alive, but this time she is carried by a firefighter. “She led us right to the people, before she got injured” the fireman explained. Her final run saved another 273 lives. She suffered acute smoke inhalation, severe burns on all four paws, and a broken leg, but she saved 967 lives.

Daisy is the first civilian Canine to win the Medal of Honor of New York City.

Pass it on to all animal lovers.

Animals are Better than Humans – Cute Animal Parents

8

animal-parents-2

A parent’s love for their child knows no boundaries, and this is true both of us and of our animal friends. In these heartwarming photos of animal parenting, you’ll recognize many of the same tender and stressful childhood moments that you may have also experienced as a parent or a child.

Ecologists tend to separate animals into two groups based on their parenting – the r and K categories. The K category includes animals like elephants, cats, and us – animals that have relatively few offspring with longer gestational periods. Their fewer offspring require more focused care, and for a longer time – the sort of parenting we’re used to. Parents from the r category go for quantity over quality, with many offspring that grow quickly and individually have small chances of survival.

animal-parents-3-1 animal-parents-5 animal-parents-7 animal-parents-9 animal-parents-13 animal-parents-14 animal-parents-16 animal-parents-17 animal-parents-23 animal-parents-28 animal-parents-32 animal-parents-40-1

 

Credit: Bored Panda