Music is a universal language and it gives people a way to express who they are inside through many different forms. Music is important because it gives people a way to express themselves and be who they are on the inside. To mark its significance, music lovers all across the globe get together to celebrate World Music Day on June 21 every year. The day is also known as Fete de la Musique after a music festival that began in France in 1982. The day sheds light on the importance of music and how it helps people connect across borders. Various musicians perform for free and showcase the power of music on this day.
It is said that the French minister of culture Jack Lang conceived the idea of music through this fest and since then, it has been celebrated as the World Music Day. However, there is another theory about how the American musician Joel Cohen proposed the idea of an all-night music celebration in France to mark the beginning of the summer solstice in 1976 and since then, the entire world celebrates this day.
But did you know that music can also improve your health?
It can literally change your mood and improve your health and overall well-being. Music can have dramatic effect on the human mind and the spirit.
Listening to music has an ability to decrease the intensity of pain. Several studies have suggested that music has a secondary emotional and cognitive effect on people. Therefore, creating a distraction from pain and bringing forward a pleasant and enjoyable memory evoked emotion when listening to various types of music.
Listening to ‘relaxing’ music (generally considered to have slow tempo, low pitch, and no lyrics) has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in healthy people and in people undergoing medical procedures (e.g., surgery, dental, colonoscopy).
Provides comfort. Music therapy has also been used to help enhance communication, coping, and expression of feelings such as fear, loneliness, and anger in patients who have a serious illness, and who are in end-of-life care.
Over the years and in more recent research, music has shown a strong correlation to our memory. When people listen to music that is thought to be pleasurable, there is an increased amount of dopamine released in the brain that is known as the ‘feel good,’ neurotransmitter.
It improves recovery after a workout.
After a hard workout you should be listening to music to speed up the body’s recovery. A study found that listening to any music improves the recovery rate of the body. This helps you regain your strength after a hard workout.
Improves Sleep Quality
Music is capable of reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which is responsible for weakening the immune system, increasing risk of heart disease, interfering with learning and memory, lowering bone density, blood pressure, etc. (Source)
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