A new infographic recently released by LyricsFeast.com suggests that you embrace the sound of music. From the lullabies we hear as children to the golden oldies we listen to in our golden years, music fills our lives no matter what region of the Earth we occupy. Music is the one unifying commonality in the world. It does not matter if we do not understand the language the lyrics are written in, we can still enjoy the rhythm and beat. Most times, understanding the meaning behind the song from those two things alone – embracing the melody.
As Altrocklive.com so eliquently puts it, “Music is universal. It exists in all cultures and societies. It is rooted deep in the minds (or souls) of human beings as an aura of some sort, a transcendent force that breaks the barriers of race, sex, religion, culture, attitude, and more.” The infographic lists five healthy benefits the human race has received from harmonies over the ages.
In the exact same way mood-alliterating drugs affect the chemical reactions in our brain, music influences the regions of the mind that are responsible for emotional reaction. “Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence,” says composer, Robert Fripp. People who have suffered left side brain damage are often left with the inability to speak and become silent. However, research shows that these victims, using melodic intonation therapy, are often able to communicate by singing the words they are trying to say.
Intermingled with the physiological benefits of music is a wealth of physical health benefits. Primarily, music can boost the immune system. Music reduces levels of cortisol in the brain. Cortisol is a chemical that when released in a high quantity causes you to feel stress. Stress is a known factor in reducing the ability of the immune system to function optimally. Similarly, experimentation with people who suffer from seizures has proven that listening to piano music can be therapeutic.
Although research with other forms of music is currently minimally, a study has shown a direct correlation between listening to Mozart and the reduction of seizure causing activity in the brain over a five-minute period. Lastly, music can actually restore lost memories. Medical researchers have discovered that people who suffer from dementia and other forms of memory loss have had these memories restored by playing music associated with the time-period that was lost.