Music has many health benefits. It's good for the soul and has even been used to help cancer patients and children with attention deficit disorder.
But did you know ...music is good for your heart?
Research presented in November of this year at the American Heart Association scientific sessions in New Orleans documented the cardiovascular benefits of music. More information on this study can be accessed here.
The University of Maryland Medical Center conducted the research study. Participants were asked to select music that they enjoyed and made them "feel good". Then they listened to music that was "stressful" for them.
The results demonstrated that ...
- After listening to the enjoyable music, there was a 26% increase in blood flow.
- Listening to the stressful music decreased the blood flow by 6%.
This is great news! The changes occurred in the inner lining of the blood vessels. They have the ability to constrict (get narrower) and dilate (expand), which impacts the flow of blood to areas of our body.
Wow; I love this!
Music was such a huge part of my upbringing. As a child, I remember singing in the car with my family to pass the time. Spontaneously, my mom would begin to sing "Row, row, row your boat" or "Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah". Eventually, we would all join in. I know it certainly distracted and entertained us kids ...so we didn't ask "are we there yet?".
Norwegian songs were taught to my brother, sister and me by my mom and dad since that was their heritage. They were fluent in the language and loved to sing. I don't know what happened to me because although I enjoy singing ... my singing voice is not all that pleasant to hear. :)
Recently, I discovered another new blogging friend who lives in Norway. Felisol posted a few YouTube videos of Norwegian music on her blog. One night, I had difficulty sleeping so I mindlessly checked a few blogs. I found myself singing along to the music with a huge smile on my face. Although I knew the music and could sing the words, I didn't know what the Norwegian words meant. So, I added a comment sharing this with Felisol and the next day, she posted the words in English! The music calmed me and ...I even was able to get back to sleep.Thank you, Felisol.
Music can be such good therapy. Even the Bible says that when King Saul was troubled, David would take his harp and play. 1 Samuel 16:23 says that "relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him."
What about you? What kinds of music do you enjoy? How does it impact you? Are there any types of music that are stressful to you? I'd love to hear from you.