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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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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The Lego Movie – Philosophy 101 (Just Believe)

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The Lego Movie

Philosophy 101 (Just Believe)

Written by: Ryan Fu @fu_beatz

I watched The Lego Movie over the weekend, expecting just another silly but funny stop motion/ computer generated animated film. But what I didn’t expect was to be engaged mentally and spiritually. It had plenty of jokes and puns, but the Lego movie also a lot of philosophical ideas.  For example, the movie showed common archetypes like The Hero, The Lover, The Creator, etc. The movie challenges you to think about what you perceive to be normal. The film shows a lot of similarities on how people live their lives by the way they perceive themselves. The movie asks the question, everyone should ask themselves. Who am I? 

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Our anti-hero, Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, a very ordinary construction worker with no special qualities, goes throughout life by every last detail of the instructions, as do his fellow workers. I say anti-hero because in the first part of the story he does not want to be the hero. He does not want to stand out and be the man. He wants just to blend in and follow the crowd. Does this sound familiar?

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In the Four Cardinal orientations, Emmet would be categorized in Social and Order. Emmet needs to be liked by everyone because he thinks this is the way it is. The same way he needs to follow instructions for everything he does in life. He is not living his own life. He is living life not to his own ideals, but for someone else’s ideals. He wants be told what to do because in his mind he is only a worker and that’s all he is.

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The antagonist film is Lord Business, voiced by Will Ferrell, an uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life. The similarities with Emmet and Lord Business would be they both want to be loved and be perceived as good. There differences would be Lord Business actually knows who he is and what he wants. Or he thinks he knows who he is because he feels like since I created this world, I should be the one who controls it. You can say Lord Business has a God complex, wanting to control every aspect of people’s lives by what they read, what they watch and what the believe.

In the Four Cardinal orientations, Lord Business would be categorized in Ego and Order. His archetype would be the creator and the ruler. Since he is the creator, he should be ruling. The Ruler’s motto is “Power isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”  He believes the only way to have a perfect world, is for people to not create or build things because it messes up his creations. He wants everything to say the same. He hates change. Does this sound familiar?

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But with the help of many Lego heroes in the movie like Batman, Wildstyle, Vitruvius, etc. Emmet starts to realize he could be potentially something more then an ordinary construction worker. People constantly tell him he is much more then what he thinks he is. Emmet begins to question, who he really is? Can be a master builder and save the day?

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In the Myth of Sisyphus, a philosophical essay by Albert Camus, Camus talks about the absurdity of life. He questions how should the absurd man live? In the essay, Sisyphus is doomed in hell for an eternity rolling a rock up a hill then rolls it down and repeats the process again and again. Camus presents Sisyphus’s ceaseless and pointless toil as a metaphor for modern lives spent working at futile jobs in factories and offices. “The workman of today works every day in his life at the same tasks, and this fate is no less absurd. But it is tragic only at the rare moments when it becomes conscious.” This is the truly tragic moment, when the hero becomes conscious of his wretched condition. He does not have hope, but “there is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.” Acknowledging the truth will conquer it; Sisyphus, just like the absurd man, keeps pushing.

Once Emmet realizes he was living a life of absurdity and pointlessness, he begins to see what he can be. He begins to question everything.  Great philosopher, Socrates believe that you need to consistently ask yourself who you are, to better yourself. He believed that it is by realizing how little we know that we can eventually gain true knowledge, since preconceived untrue beliefs make it difficult to find the truth.

I don’t want to give out huge spoilers here but here is the part of the movie that was thought provoking. If someone gave you an idea about yourself and you became that idea, then afterwards you found out the idea was a lie, would you stop being that idea?

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If you told you could be the next President because I gave you a magic pen, then in the process of being the next President, I told you the pen wasn’t magical at all. You stop trying to the next President?  Of course, not!  You realized it’s all about what you believe. Whether you are trying to be the next Barack Obama, Lebron James, Bruce Lee, an  80′s Astronaut or whatever you aspire to be, you have to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!! 

You hold the keys to your success; start building the future you want because you’re a Master Builder! 

Train, Eat, Rest, Repeat…Characteristics of Naturally Fit People – Are you one of them?

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1. They actually enjoy staying active

If you’re one of those people who dreads every minute of your upcoming workout, it’s time to find a different approach to exercise.

Because most of the time, fit people find a way to actually enjoy — and even look forward to — their workouts.

And while that may not always mean they’re excited to do 100 burpees on any given day, it does mean that they like the feeling of being fit and value that more than their desire to sit on the couch.

If you really dread exercise, the problem may be with your workout, not you. Everyone enjoys doing different things — I used to hate working out when I thought running was the only way to stay in shape, but ever since I discovered HIIT training, I can hardly take a day off from my workouts (because I actually enjoy them!).

2. They don’t diet.

Have you ever known someone in really great shape who was constantly trying out every new fad diet?

Yeah, me either.

Because for the most part, fit people don’t diet — they make healthy eating a part of their lifestyle.

Ultimately, the key to staying fit and eating healthy is to learn to listen to your body. What makes you feel good and keeps you feeling full and energized throughout the day?

Learn to answer these questions for yourself, and you’ll soon be on the road to embracing healthy eating as a lifestyle — not following every new diet that comes along.

3. They spend time with other fit people.

You know that saying, “you are what you eat?” Well, you are who you eat with (and socialize with) as well.

Just think about it: if all your friends are constantly eating fast food and choosing sedentary activities instead of active ones, what do you think you’re going to do? Probably eat junk and sit around all day too.

On the other hand, if your friends are into healthy cooking, and enjoy doing active things like going for bike rides or playing tennis for fun, you’re probably going to join in and be more active as a result.

This may be tough at first if you have old friends with unhealthy habits, but you can try and encourage them to be healthy too with small changes to your usual activities — and you can always try and meet some new more active, health-minded friends as well.

4. They prioritize their sleep.

If you still think being fit is only about how often you work out, you need to think again. Because one of the top things fit people do to stay healthy and fit isn’t exercise-based at all — it’s getting enough sleep.

Not only does sleep give you the energy you need to work out consistently, it also helps regulate your metabolism, repair your muscles, boost your athletic performance and more. Try and get at least 7-8 hours a night.

5. They don’t try to be “perfect.”

Sure, there’s that rare person that refuses even a single bite of dessert in order to stay lean and actually seems to be OK with it. But most of us need to reward ourselves with a treat sometimes in order to keep our sanity.

Giving yourself permission to enjoy your favorite treat now and then — whether it’s something as simple as a latte or even a chocolate chip cookie — will ensure you don’t feel bitter about your healthy diet (then go crazy and binge on all the things you feel like you’re missing out on).

The same is true with your workouts — if you can tell your body is asking for a day off even when you hadn’t planned on taking one, give yourself the rest your body needs, and refuse to feel guilty because of it.

Seek balance in both your eating habits and your workouts, and you’ll be a healthier, happier and fitter person as a result.

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What the hell are we doing? Dating in the Modern Age – (10 Stages in Relationships)

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Dating these days is a joke. And not a very funny one at that. I don’t know if it’s because our generation started dating before we hit puberty or whether the Kardashians of the world have ruined what was once a beautiful thing, but the truth is that dating these days is horrible.

Half the damn time you won’t even know if you’re actually dating or not. What was once explainable using a single digit binary code now requires the decimal system.

It’s no longer “Are you dating?” or “Are you not dating?” There are now different stages, one hardly distinguishable from the other – at least while on the inside.

Looking from the outside in, on the other hand, gives shape to the confusing and convoluted dating culture that we have created for ourselves. Here are the more easily recognizable stages:

1. The One-Night Stand.

Regardless of whether you met on the street, in a coffee shop, at your yoga class or in the park, the first date tallies up to one thing: either a successful or failed one-night stand.

It doesn’t matter what the initial intentions are – not as if you know what the other person’s intentions are anyway – on the first date you’re either sleeping together or not. Depending on the results of this stage, you’ll move on to stage 2.

2. The Second Glance.

Seeing as how you were probably highly intoxicated the first time around, you decide to see this person one more time. This decision is most likely the result of you not being certain whether or not the person was good in bed.

You managed to black out sometime in the middle of it all and can’t figure out whether the person was the best or worst sex of your life. Round 2 it is.

3. The Booty Call.

You have officially dubbed him/her, or have been dubbed, worthy of sexual pursuit. Congratulations! You can now move on to phase 3: the booty call. Now it is acceptable for you to text this person at odd hours, preferably when you’re intoxicated or about to be intoxicated, to come over.

In this stage, it isn’t recommended that you refrain from calling the person or see him/her without drinking heavily or taking drugs – it may be awkward. I mean, you’ve only been intimate a dozen times or so… slow down already.

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4. The Friend With Benefits.

This is the first stage when you actually matter to the person more than any other slab of meat would. You put in the time and effort, your liver has certainly paid for it and it is now time to finally get to know the person you’ve been having sex with all this time.

Talking is recommended, but beware of throwing any romance into the mix. You’re friends. Not lovers. Keep all the lovey-dovey romance stuff to yourself and, whatever you do, do not look him/her in the eyes when in the midst of coitus. When you’re done, finish with a firm handshake or a high five.

5. The Date.

Not sure how you did it – most never make it this far – but you did it… you are now going on your first official date. You’re not yet “dating” in the traditional sense, but you are going on dates.

I understand this can be confusing, but what about this process isn’t? The first couple of dates are crucial as they will decide whether or not you will be moving forward to the following stages or if the two of you will be “too busy” to see each other in coming weeks.

This is one of the trickiest stages as often it can lead to being bumped up a few stages ahead of schedule. Or, as I have already mentioned, it could be the end of the road.

6. The Fling.

After a couple of dates, it turns out that you aren’t really interested in each other. You enjoy sleeping with each other and even enjoy each other’s company, but you can’t see yourself together in the long run.

The feeling is mutual – you both know that whatever it is that the two of you have going on won’t last very long, but you decide that you want to have fun while it does. Flings are fun and usually harmless. However, this stage can look a lot like stage seven: the stepping-stone.

7. The Stepping-Stone.

This stage is like the fling stage with one critical difference: Only one of you knows that the relationship won’t last. While you might be beginning to consider the other a real partner, the other thinks of you as a means of getting into someone else’s pants.

Well, maybe not exactly a means of getting there, but a comfortable resting area while you look for a better watering hole. You like the sex and you even like the person you’re having sex with… you just don’t want to be with him/her for the long haul.

You consider this person a necessary stepping-stone before you can settle with the right person – or he/she considers you as such. One of you is going to get hurt after this process… but you may have skipped it entirely and moved on to stage 8.

8. The Backup.

You have now been dubbed – or vice versa – good enough to be with. Unfortunately, you’re not good enough to be with right now. You’re good enough to keep around in case things don’t work out with anyone else, but to date you, really date you, at the moment would be silly.

These sorts of relationships get incredibly complicated, neither party really knowing what is going on as neither wants to completely let go.

The good news is, you have a safety net to fall on in case nothing else works out. Or at least you do at the moment. No one wants to be a backup indefinitely.

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9. The Boyfriend/Girlfriend.

Wow. I mean, seriously. You should be proud of yourself. Making it all the way to official status in our day and age is impressive – well done. You can now throw on the romance and allow yourself to finally have feelings for the individual.

You can start to be yourself and begin to actually care for the person you have been “intimate” with for oh-so very long. The only thing that you should keep in mind is that getting here doesn’t guarantee that you graduate from the dating scene to marital status.

In fact, most relationships of such caliber fail miserably. But cheer up! You can at least update your Facebook status and make all your friends jealous!

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10. Lost In Translation.

This isn’t so much a stage as it is the platform holding all these stages. In this day and age just about everything gets lost in translation, but mostly because there is very little communication to actually translate.

Most people keep themselves closed off and sheltered, regardless of how intimate they’ve become with another person. Everybody is afraid to get hurt and afraid of possibly, inadvertently, giving up the opportunity to get into someone better’s pants.

Most of the time you won’t know what stage you’re in, were in or are headed to. You won’t be sure if the person cares about you or is only using you for amusement. The theory is that, with time, you’ll either find someone who won’t take you down this road.

Maybe it will come with maturity. Maybe you won’t be alone forever. Or maybe you’ll get to run through these stages for the rest of your life. No one knows! That’s half the fun!

Credit: Paul Hudson – Elite Daily