“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
This quote by Plato is still relevant as it was more than 2000 Years ago. Music could be anything to imagine it to be as far as it gives life to the mundane. Yes, you can quote this again and flag it as a Mark Spenser quote, and hopefully eons from now I will be quoted alongside Plato.
Through the years, listening to music has gone through multiple transitions. From oral to audio, to video and now streaming platforms have taken center stage. In fact, we have found a modern way to get immersed into the intricate composition of sounds that gives soul, wings, and flight to the imagination using a piece of gear you might know as headphones or earbud.
Research has shown that using headphones to streaming music has psychological effects that improve emotional health, helps listeners cope with stress, and massively improves psychological wellbeing.
Unfortunately, not all headphones have the same quality, most often quality of the output depends on the price. Not to be perturbed by this realization, there are a lot of earbuds under $100 that can give high-end brands a run for their money.
You will agree that It’s mutually inclusive that to enjoy music, you need good modern headphones. That will make you feel pumped while listening to the fast-paced rock sound, to the smooth delivery and flow of rap to the moving serenity of Pop, and the jiggling sensation of R&B.
Below are some psychological benefits of listening to music. Of course, having a headphone will only improve the chances of the effects.
Now without further ado;
There were a lot of times when activities of the day get overwhelming. Your brain gets burdened with things that you are supposed to do and your body after going through a rigorous sport of the day can’t cope.
Listening to music is said to be an effective way to mitigate the effect of stress.
A study in 2013 had participants exposed to a stressor and subjected to a psychosocial stress test. After which some of the participants listened to soothing music and others listened to water ripples, while the third batch received no auditory stimulation.
After the result was processed, it was discovered that participants that listened to music had recovered quicker than the others that weren’t exposed to music.
Music Can Improve Your Memory
Remember back when you were in kindergarten, you rhymed a lot of words that were made into songs. In fact, it’s proven that songs are better stimulators that capture the kid’s mind making it an easier process to remember what they’ve been taught.
Funny enough that is the same case for a lot of high schools and college students. While listening to music could be argued as a distractive hobby compared to flipping and rhyming words used in kindergarten. Some science research suggests it may help. This depends on some factors which include the type of music, listener’s level of attention, and the emotion it triggers.
Music can help you Sleep Better
I must confess openly that I am not a sleep therapist or have any qualified license to say this but based on personal and other experiences. Music has helped me slip through the torturous moments of insomnia.
According to research classical music has a profound effect on victims of insomnia. The study found that participants that listened to music have significant ease in improved quality compared to those who had no auditory stimulation.
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