If someone asked what your favorite song, band, or type of music was, you would probably have an answer. We all have our own preferences when it comes to music, but have you ever stopped to really think about how music really affects you?  Sure, we know when we listen to our favorite upbeat song we feel happier and a slow song can make use feel relaxed and don’t even get me started on love songs - they can elicit a wave of feelings.  There’s more to music than just the emotional side. There’s actually a physical reaction that takes place when we listen to music that can affect our heart respiration, blood pressure, and even inflammation in our body. Here's more about it...

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    Credit: Zoonar RF/Getty Stock/ThinkStock, ThinkStock

    Heart Health

    Some research has found that when people listen to joyful music there’s a noticeable reaction in their blood vessels. Although, the type of music that the people found “joyful” varied, the blood vessels did increase the flow of blood, thus helping improve the wellness of the heart.

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    Credit: kyoshino/ThinkStock, ThinkStock

    Blood Pressure Health

    One study has shown that a combination of drugs, listening to slow-paced music, and practicing breathing slowly on a regular basis can help to lower blood pressure.

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    Credit: Jose Antonio SA!nchez Reyes/Getty Stock/ThinkStock

    Emotional Health

    Emotional health might not sound as important to everyone when compared to physical health, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Music has the ability to improve the emotional wellness of those who listen to it. So, no matter what type of music makes you happy, make sure to listen to it regularly or to play it on an instrument if you can use one because everyone could use a pick me up since the coronavirus arrived.

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    The researchers can’t say exactly how music helps to treat pain, but previous research has shown that melodious sounds result in a decrease in stress hormones like cortisol, which are linked to inflammation. Music has also been found to improve the regulation of pro-inflammatory proteins called cytokines, and to aid the development of new neurons in the brain.

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