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

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“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.”

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

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Epic Fail of the Week – When Cannonballs go Wrong

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Flashback Fridays – We will never ever Forget about Sarah Marshall (Jason Segel)

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There’s STILL something about Mary – Cameron Diaz #TBT

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

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

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

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Money on my Mind – Core Beliefs of Successful People

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1. “I CAN CHOOSE MYSELF.”

Once you had to wait: to be accepted, to be promoted, to be selected… to somehow be “discovered.”

Not anymore. Access is nearly unlimited; you can connect with almost anyone through social media. You can publish your own work, distribute your own music, create your own products, attract your own funding.

You can do almost anything you want — and you don’t have to wait for someone else to discover your talents.

The only thing holding you back is you — and your willingness to try.

2. “SUCCESS IS INEVITABLE ONLY IN HINDSIGHT.”

Read stories of successful entrepreneurs and it’s easy to think they have some intangible entrepreneurial something — ideas, talent, drive, skills, creativity, whatever — that you don’t have.

  1. Success is inevitable only in hindsight. It’s easy to look back on an entrepreneurial path to greatness and assume that every vision was clear, every plan was perfect, every step was executed flawlessly, and tremendous success was a foregone conclusion.

It wasn’t. Success is never assured. Only in hindsight does it appear that way.

If you’re willing to work hard and persevere, who you are is more than enough. Don’t measure yourself against other people.

Pick a goal and measure yourself against that goal — that is the only comparison that matters.

3. “I AM NOT SELF-SERVING. I AM A SERVANT.”

No one accomplishes anything worthwhile on his own. Great bosses focus on providing the tools and training to help their employees better do their jobs — and achieve their own goals. Great consultants put their clients’ needs first. Great businesses go out of their way to help and serve their customers.

And as a result, they reap the rewards.

If you’re in it only for yourself, then someday you will be by yourself. If you’re in it for others, you’ll not only achieve success — you’ll also have tons of friends.

4. “I MAY NOT BE THE FIRST … BUT I CAN ALWAYS BE THE LAST.”

Success is often the result of perseverance. When others give up, leave, stop trying, or compromise their principles and values, the last person left is often the person who wins. Other people may be smarter, better connected, more talented, or better funded. But they can’t win if they aren’t around at the end.

Sometimes it makes sense to give up on ideas, projects, and even businesses — but it never makes sense to give up on yourself.

The one thing you can always be is the last person to give up on yourself.

5. “I WILL DO ONE THING EVERY DAY NO ONE ELSE IS WILLING TO DO.”

Just one thing. Even if it’s simple. Even if it’s small. Do one thing every day.

After a week, you’ll be uncommon. After a month, you’ll be special.

After a year, you will be incredible.

6. “I DON’T BUILD NETWORKS. I FORGE LASTING CONNECTIONS.”

Often the process of building a network takes on a life of its own and becomes a numbers game.

You don’t need numbers. You need real connections: people you can help, people you can trust, people who care.

So, forget numbers. Reach out to the people whom you want to be part of your life, even if just your professional life, for a long time. And when you do, forget about receiving and focus on providing; that’s the only way to establish a real connection and relationship.

Make lasting connections and you create an extended professional family. You’ll be there when they need you… and they will be there when you need them.

7. “STRATEGY IS IMPORTANT, BUT EXECUTION IS EVERYTHING.”

Strategy is not a product. Binders are filled with strategies that were never implemented.

Develop an idea. Create a strategy. Set up a rudimentary system of operations. Then execute, adapt, execute some more, and build a solid operation based on what works.

Success isn’t built on strategy. Success is built through execution.

Incredibly successful people focus on executing incredibly well.

8. “REAL LEADERSHIP IS MEASURED IN YEARS, NOT MOMENTS.”

“Leaders” aren’t just the guys who double the stock price in six months, or the gals who coerce local officials into approving too-generous tax breaks and incentives, or the guys who are brave enough to boldly go where no man has gone before.

(If you don’t get that last reference, you’re too young. Or I’m too old. Probably both.)

Those are examples of leadership — but typically the kind of leadership that is situational and short-lived.

Incredible leaders can consistently inspire, motivate, and make you feel better about yourself than even you think you have a right to feel. They’re the kind of people you’ll follow not because you have to but because you want to. You’ll follow them anywhere.

And you’ll follow them forever, because they have a knack for making you feel like you aren’t actually following. Wherever you’re headed, you always feel like you’re going there together.

Creating that bond takes time.

9. “WORK COMES FIRST. PAYOFF COMES LATER.”

Ever heard someone say, “If I got promoted, then I would work harder”? Or, “If the customer paid more, then I would do more”? Or, “If I thought there would be a bigger payoff, I would be willing to sacrifice more”?

Successful people earn promotions by first working harder. Successful businesses earn higher revenue by first delivering greater value. Successful entrepreneurs earn bigger payoffs by first working hard, well before any potential return is in sight.

Most people expect to be compensated more before they will even consider working harder.

Incredibly successful people see compensation as the reward for exceptional effort, not the driver — whether that reward is financial, or personal, or simply the satisfaction that comes from achieving what you worked incredibly hard to achieve.

10. “I CAN MAKE HISTORY — AND I WILL.”

You may not make it onto the pantheon of great entrepreneurs. Yours may not become a household name.

But think about the past ten years: technologies, industries, and ways of doing business that were once notions are now commonplace. You can be part of the next wave — whatever it might be. Or you can make a small change your industry. Or you can make a small change in your profession.

You can be at the forefront of a minor or major change, even if only in your community or niche. You just have to be willing to try something new.

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Ronda Rousey – Blazing a new frontier for Women

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WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ

Could you imagine the dude, who told Amelia Earhart that she couldn’t fly solo over the Atlantic? Or the publisher who thought Emily Dickinson’s work wasn’t shit. How about the doctor, who told Helen Keller that due to her handicaps, she will not to amount to anything in this life. How about that white bus driver telling Rosa Parks to sit at the back of the bus? Clearly, these women did not give a fuck about these people’s opinions and did not care what they were told they could or could not do. These women saw the bigger picture in each deviant case. They were going to do what they wanted to do regardless if people liked it or not. These women played an important part in history, of which you can add Ronda Rousey to that list.
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Even if you’re a novice UFC fan, you still know that name Ronda Rousey. She started her career as Olympic Judo practitioner. She medaled at the 2008 Olympic games, earning a bronze medal but she felt disappointed about not getting the gold. Afterwards, she took some time off to figure out what she wanted to do in her life. There wasn’t a female division in the UFC back then. So, Ronda did what everyone else did, try to live a normal life. She got an apartment, got a dog, and got a job (bartender). She was normal and lost, like the rest of us. Like everyone’s dream in Los Angeles, it starts to fade into the twilights and becomes shadows of the Hollywood Hills.

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Then along came Strikeforce, an MMA upstart that tired to compete with the UFC. Strikeforce had a couple of talented mixed martial artists but not like the UFC. I thought the best part of Strikeforce was the women’s division. It was the first time I have ever seen a women’s division in MMA. Most of the time the women’s matches were generally more entertaining then the main event, unless the main event were women. It was also the first time I saw women being the main event and they killed it. This is where Ronda Rousey time into the fray. The first time I saw Ronda was before the fight, when she walked into the cage. She looked like a female lioness that just lost a cub. She was angry and pissed. She had that expressionless hundred-yard stare. She wanted that cub back. She wanted that glory back and she was willing to go through every female to get that dream back.

As soon as the round started, Rousey’s opponent was already tapping from Ronda’s signature submission move, the armbar. Me and the rest of the world just had that “Oh, Shit” moment. Where just witnessed something phenomenal and we knew that Rousey was going to be a force in women’s MMA. In no time, she beat every opponent in front of her and had her shot at the Strikeforce female championship. Before the fight, Ronda thought about her disappointment at the Olympic games and made a decision that she will never go through that again. Just like every fight before the championship fight, it ended the same way with an armbar and Ronda’s hand raised in victory. She was a champion, but was it enough?

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Even with the women’s success in Strikeforce there was still no support in putting a women’s division in the UFC. In an interview with Dana White, UFC’s president, Mr. White told the media and the world that there will never be a female fighter in the UFC. I just got to image Ronda Rousey in her living room with her dog, shining her newly won Strikeforce belt, hearing that awful word “no”. Just like in her fights, she started to throw punches back and began a Twitter campaign to Mr. White about she would be great for the UFC. She was relentless about telling Dana that she is the greatest female fighter ever. With the UFC’s merger and acquisitions of MMA companies including Strikeforce, Dana finally had to give Ronda a shot.

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At UFC 157, there was an historic fight for the first women’s championship. It was between Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche but unlike Ronda’s fights this was not going to be easy. But in life, the things we want the most never come easy. So, when the fight started Ronda was already in trouble as Liz secured a back mount on Ronda, as she was about to choke her out and end Ronda’s dream. It was close, but not close enough. You can always figure out a person by the way they deal with adversity. Some people run away and some people stand their ground. It’s the difference between being remembered or forgotten. Ronda is a warrior. Ronda is Bushido.

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That “Oh, Shit”  moment came back again as Ronda escaped from Liz’s hold and got on top. Everyone knew the end was near and before the round ended, she put her patented move on Liz and the dream continued. She became the first women’s champion in UFC history and automatically gave millions of women around the world another opportunity at something besides being a housewife. But with success comes haters. Being the first one through the door, it always gets bloody.

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After defending her title at UFC 168 against Meisha Tate with her unstoppable finishing move, Ronda heard something different from the cheers she got from her last win. The boo owls were out and they were booing Ronda, after not shaking hands with Tate after the match. This is my opinion about MMA, it is a sport and it is not as barbaric as it once was back in the day but it is not like any other sports. These men and women have to fight each other for a living. I believe in sportsmanship like everyone else but you gained respect as soon as you stepped into the cage. I am always amazed when fighters shake hands or even when they hug before they beat the shit out of each other. I mean that’s nice and all but let’s face folks, we watch these athletes because they are trying to end each other in devastating fashion. We want to see blood and broken bones. We are living the in Roman Empire right now and we want to be entertained.

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In the curious case of Ronda, well, that’s just Ronda. She didn’t feel like shaking her hand. Just because she is the champ and famous now, she is not going to change because a couple of people are booing. She is going to be herself regardless of what people think of her. This weekend at UFC 175 in Las Vegas, I am assuming the boo owls will be out in force with the fight between Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis for the women’s championship belt. But knowing Ronda, she’ll have that hundred-yard stare, looking like a hungry lion and being totally focused on her opponent. As the crowd will shower her with boos and taunts, which I really don’t think Ronda gives two fucks about. And why should she? She has become successful like every other female mentioned in this article by not giving a fuck about other people’s opinions. If you want to become something great sometimes people will not understand it and will undermine you because they don’t have your vision. Stop caring what the fuck people think and become the next Ronda Rousey!

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By the way, Earhart was the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic, Dickinson is one the most famous female authors of all-time, Helen Keller became a teacher and Rosa Parks started a revolution. What have you’ve done?

Poem of the Day – The Man in the Mirror

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Written By Galo Ramirez Facebook

Some days I sit and think
How did I get here?
I’m so far down a road
I don’t recall I steered

There’s no going back
It’s been so many years
There’s been too many smiles
To drown in all those tears

Regardless of all the danger
I grew strong from fear
I thought I was a man
A man without ears

I didnt want to listen
My pride was in fifth gear
Now I sit here
And God is to my rear

Without God I was blind
With God I see clear
The devil is no lie
The truth, he’s out here

I break free from his chains
Dear Lord watch over me
Watch over my family
My enemies and peers

There is no coincidence
Why God bled tears
Its never too late to repent
God is forever here

Forget what happened yesterday
Your wounds will all heal
Just look at the mirror
And reflect who steered who here