Researchers have discovered that listening to music can have a profound effect on a person’s mental health. It can increase the production of brain chemicals known as dopamine and oxytocin, two of the most important neurotransmitters associated with feelings of love and pleasure. A study by the AARP in 2020 revealed that music listening was associated with a small but significant improvement in mental well-being and mood.
The use of music to reduce anxiety and improve concentration has been found in many clinical settings. Research has shown that classical music, especially if blended with nature sounds, can help people study and focus. In addition to helping people focus, music can be an expressive form of expression. Studies have shown that people who are undergoing rehabilitation from a stroke are more relaxed after listening to music for an hour. Additionally, people who are undergoing rehabilitation after a stroke report lower levels of anxiety following music therapy.
There is growing evidence that music can help improve psychological health in people of all ages and stages of life. Not only is it a great distraction from stressful situations, but it can also improve sleep. Researchers have found that the use of music can reduce depression, improve social connectedness, and improve quality of life in patients with mental illnesses. The use of music has been shown to improve quality of life and reduce the risk of suicide.