Here Are Some Surprising Psychological Benefits of Music

Listening to music can be entertaining, but did you know that music can even make you healthier?

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Music not only serves as a source of pleasure and contentment, but there are many other psychological benefits as well. It can relax the mind, energize the body and even help people better manage pain.

According to Verywell, the psychological effects of music can be powerful and wide-ranging, which is sometimes used to promote emotional health, help patients cope with stress, and boost psychological well-being.

#1 Music can improve cognitive performance

Some research suggests that background music or music that is played while the listener is primarily focused on other activities can improve performance on cognitive tasks in older adults.

Playing more upbeat music led to improvements in processing speed, while both upbeat and downbeat music led to benefits in memory. So, the next time you’re working on a task, consider turning on a little music in the background if you’re looking for a boost in your mental performance!

#2 Music can reduce stress

This is no surprise to us!

It has been long suggested that music can help reduce or manage stress, which we totally agree! Research suggests that listening to music had an impact on the human stress response, particularly the autonomic nervous system. 

#3 Music can help you eat less

Don’t believe us?

One of the most surprising psychological benefits of music is that it might be a helpful weight-loss tool. So we wonder, is this why people listen to music when they workout?

Well, not really… Researchers suggest that music and lighting help create a more relaxed setting and you may consume your food more slowly and have been more aware of when you begin to feel full. You might want to start playing soft music at home while you’re eating dinner!

#4 Music can improve your memory

Students enjoy listening to music while they study, but is that such a great idea?

Research suggests that listening to music while studying may help your memory, but it depends on a variety of factors, including the type of music, the listener’s enjoyment of that music, and even how musically well-trained the listener may be. 

However, if you find yourself easily distracted by music, you may be better off learning in silence or with neutral tracks playing in the background.

#5 Music may help you sleep better

Sleeplessness is a serious problem that can affect anyone. 

While there are many approaches to treating insomnia, research has demonstrated that listening to relaxing music can be a safe, effective, and affordable remedy. 

...or you can listen to music just because you enjoy it! 

By: Aishah Akashah Ahadiat