10 Surprising Psychological Benefits of Music

Listening to music can be entertaining and some research suggests that it might even make you healthier. Music can be a source of pleasure and contentment, but there are many other psychological benefits as well.

The notion that music can influence your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors probably does not come as much of a surprise. If you’ve ever felt pumped up while listening to your favorite fast-paced rock anthem or been moved to tears by a tender live performance, then you easily understand the power of music to impact moods and even inspire action.

The psychological effects of music can be powerful and wide-ranging. Music therapy is an intervention sometimes utilized to promote emotional health, help patients cope with stress, and boost psychological well-being. Some research even suggests that your taste in music can provide insight into different aspects of your personality.

Music can relax the mind, energize the

10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Power Of Music

  • Background music does not improve your ability to concentrate but will help you when you’re at the gym. It can affect how you work. A little background noise makes you more creative, a lot hurts creativity.
  • Your favorite song is probably your favorite because you associate it with an emotional event in your life. Both social influences and quality affect which songs you like. You don’t like the original version of a song because it’s better, you like it because it’s the one you heard first. Whether a musician makes eye contact during a concert and what they wear affects whether you like their music.
  • When times are tough people prefer music that’s more meaningful. Music can predict the stock market. Popular music has been getting more narcissistic for a while now. All the best songs are about sex anyway.
  • There’s a lot of evidence that playing music can make

20 Facts About Music That Really Sing

They say music is a universal language. And, you know, they’re probably right. After all, who doesn’t love a great, foot-tapping tune? (If you believe the plot of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, even aliens do!) But as much as you love music and music theory in all its forms—and as much as you think you know about your favorite songs and artists—there are still plenty of opportunities to be totally floored.

Don’t believe us? Read on. We’ve rounded up 40 totally rockin’ facts and bits of trivia that will blow any music fan’s mind.

Musicians Have Shorter Life Spans Than the General Population

One study, conducted by a University of Sydney professor, titled “Stairway to H*ll: Life and Death in the Pop Music Industry,” examined the deaths of artists which took place between 1950 and June 2014. The study specifically looked at longevity and the proportion of suicides, …