Music takes the mind and soul to places that no other art can dare dream. It can instantly change a person’s mood. It can mentally transport a person to another time and place all together. It some tests, it has even helped Alzheimer’s patients recall memories their family members thought had long ago fallen victim to the disease.
A new study performed by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin he called This is Your Brain on Music tells us that removing the earbuds and taking in music out loud and collectively as a group pays off in more ways than one.
The study included 30,000 participants within families worldwide. The study provided Sonos speaker systems for music, Apple Watches to monitor heart rates, movement, and calorie burning, and iPhones to log the Apple Watch data, control music playback, and track locations. The families were first monitored and logged for a solid week with no music played out loud in the home so control data could be collected. After that, the same monitoring occurred for a week while music was played aloud in the home for everyone to hear. The results are astonishing.
The study has suggested that listening to music aloud made people 12% less jittery, 24% less irritable, and 25% more inspired. More surprisingly, it concluded that families during the study spent 67% more time together in close proximity, eating an average or one more meal together per week. Couples involved in the study engaged in sex at a 50% higher rate.
The results are astonishing but easy to believe – at least from personal experience. I spend an entire night each week with just music. No television, no headphones, and no internet. Just music. It is music played out loud. Sure my neighbors hate me, but there have been times when others in the building have turned up music of their own. The way to validate that behavior is that I am spreading pure joy throughout the neighborhood by making others do what I do – turn off the TV and turn up the music. I probably helped someone de-stress without them even realizing it. That one night per week I find myself constantly at my highest cognitive, inspired, creative, and artistic level.
Was this study performed to sell more Sonos wireless speaker, Apple Watches, and iPhones? It is quite possible. But it brings to life things I personally have suspected to be true for many years. There is something about listening to music in a room out loud with others. It provides a feeling that getting lost inside one’s self with headphones just cannot do.
So put away the earbuds. They sound like crap anyway. Get your family or friends together, turn off the television, and just listen. Take turns picking the artist or album. Make a night of it. If you have a family, try turning on music during dinner instead of news entertainment on television. Science, and myself, tell you that it will make a difference in your life.
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