Music is the language of souls. For thousands of years, human beings have created music and sounds. Starting with common objects such as branches and rocks to the modern instruments we have today, music has come a long way. What’s remained the same, however, is the positive effect music has on emotions. Music shifts moods and makes us peaceful or happy, simply by virtue of feeling and experiencing the melodies.
People find common ground through music. They find the loves of their lives through music. They listen to favorite songs to pick themselves up from a tough break. They even use music to help them heal. Let’s explore five ways that you can bring music into your life to feel happier.
1. Listen to music while exercising
You might have heard doctors recommend exercise when a person is feeling depressed or stressed out. Exercise releases built up stress, secreting serotonin and adrenaline. Overall, once you’re done exercising, the feeling is amazing. Couple this feeling with some music and suddenly you’ll find yourself stronger, with more energy. Why? Well, when we listen to music, our brains react in a specific way. For some people, classical music makes them relax after a workout. For others, fast music is perfect when working out because it “pumps them up.”
So, why not play some tunes the next time you go to the gym or when working out at home? Grab the benefits of both activities, and you’ll feel happier in no time!
2. Go to musical events
Attending musical events can lead to increased serotonin levels. There’s something magical about visiting a music festival or even the opera (for classical music lovers). People who share the same music taste as you surround you. You can feel the positive energy. You also feel the inclusiveness and connectivity between almost everyone there. Plus, listening to your favorite musical artist in person is an experience everyone should have in their lives.
3. Play a musical instrument
Even though you might feel that playing a musical instrument isn’t something you’d enjoy doing – give it a shot. Take music lessons. You never know what you might like. In addition, there are thousands of different instruments so even if you don’t want to play the guitar, the drums, the piano; there are many more for you to choose from.
People who play a musical instrument tend to be happier because of the effects of music on their emotions. They also have an outlet to express creativity and to vent some steam, which is always a good idea. In the end, if you’re unsure of whether or not to play a musical instrument, ask around or look up some tutorials online. Don’t feel threatened by the time it takes to learn. Simply enjoy the experience!
4. Use music as your muse
Whenever you’re feeling down or uncreative, listen to some music (or play some yourself!) to encourage creativity. How many times have you heard others listen to music while writing, painting or engaging in any creative activity?
Even when playing games or working, some people listen to music. It helps the brain get going and speeds up the processes in your mind. Creativity flows free when music is involved, so start using music as your muse.
5. Improve your social life with music
As mentioned before, people connect with each other through music, and some even find their soulmates. People in groups aren’t always good (especially if there’s segregation) but having friends who share your musical passion and taste basically means your social life is in a great place.
So, try to listen to some new genres and attempt to feel the music. You will surely find like-minded people. Plus, knowing a lot about music and playing an instrument yourself is rewarding. You can take out a guitar, start playing and singing.
Let the music take you over and make you feel better in no time! Because that is the power of music (good music).
Curtis Dean writes on behalf of Sage Music School where they base lessons on the science and research of the psychology of learning. Their effective teaching methods create confident and capable students who enjoy the happiness of making music. You can also follow Sage on Facebook.
Stephanie Porto says
Great article, I always listen to music when I paint. For some reason it increases my energy and creativity and helps me focus.