There are some sounds that appeal to us in a way that uplifts us, soothes us, takes us into a different state altogether, and then there are some that annoy us to no end.
Have you ever climbed uphill & walked for kilometers at a stretch, feeling totally drained out and exhausted?
Then you reach a point where you hear the sound of water gushing melodiously?
How does that make you feel? Doesn’t it refresh you all of a sudden even when you don’t see the stream just yet?
And when you are stuck in traffic! Doesn’t the constant honking of cars cause you irritation & make you want to rip off your hair?
So I guess we can conclude that different sounds have different effects on our mood.
Are You Feeling Blue? Music Can Make You Happy!
Sound (particularly music), for one, is known to affect you at a psychological level. Today, music is known to have such great therapeutic properties that it could re-wire your brain!
And yet, this is not a new concept. It has been known to mankind since ages.
Only with the development of modern medicine, we have been ignorant about the power of alternative methods that have immense healing properties.
Music has been used since ancient times by the Shamans; not just to connect with their higher self, but also to heal.
And Here’s How Music Can Make You Happy!
Music can help you to fight the blues. People who are depressed or anxious tend to have low levels of serotonin & dopamine.
Listening to music helps to spike their levels of the feel-good hormones, ‘dopamine’. This, in turn, helps to alleviate the symptoms of depression. It also helps to produce more of this neurotransmitter to generate positive feelings.
The amygdala, located in the limbic system on the left side of your brain is a center for emotionally charged memories and negative thoughts. Music helps to activate the left side of your brain and that is how it improves your mood.
Music Also Helps To Reduce The Stress Hormone ‘Cortisol’.
Soothing music helps to fight anxiety by altering your brainwave patterns & putting you in a meditative state. It thereby helps to generate a relaxation response.
As a matter of fact, many great musicians and artists may even claim that music puts them in a trance-like state. They often get a feeling of euphoria during their performances. This is simply because of the pleasure centers of their brain are being activated with music.
Tune into your frequencies
Everything works on vibrations, even your cells. The disease occurs when the cells are out of sync and the vibrations are disrupted. And as we know music itself works on resonant frequencies.
So, when you play some music, it helps to bring back the cells to its natural state of vibrations.
Let alone the technicalities, don’t you feel better when you get back home after a long tiring day, slip into your pajamas, and put on some music that resonates with your taste?
Be it heavy metal rock performance that instantly uplifts you and makes you want to take over the world, or be it some really soft soothing Sufi music that makes you forget about the hustle of a treacherous day. Music can make you happy. Always.
So, the next time you feel blue, don’t down a pint of ice cream or pop an anti-depressant. Just put on some music and you are good to go!