Music Has Good And Bad Health Consequences

Have you ever noticed when singing a song that the words seem to just pop right out with very little effort to remember the lyrics? If so, you are not alone. Studies have been done trying to answer the question of how people remember songs; by lyrics, melody, or title. The answer has a similar result that learning styles do with determining the best way people learn.

For example, do people learn better through auditory means - hearing the information; by kinesthetics- a hands-on approach; or do they learn through the visual spectrum - reading about it?

In this regard, the majority of people learn from a more hands-on system where they are actively involved in the process of learning. Auditory and visual components are drastically less in numbers of who learn in these two latter methods.

Likewise, those who remember songs do so by the melody more than by the lyrics or title. The mind works in such a way that memory uses mathematics a great deal to remember sequences, timing of beats, or a rhythm. Another example is the human heart. Listening to music that is perceived as fun, happy, or otherwise a positive experience, the stress levels are lowered and blood vessels open up. This is medically proven as a healthy outlet.

On the other hand, those who listened to music that they did not like or found to cause strong emotions of frustration, anger, or anxiety of any kind were found to have blood vessels constrict; the same effect as blood pressure increases. This would be a more unhealthy result.

Up-beat music that has a beat where you feel like dancing, playing the drums on the steering wheel or a table top, or bursting out in singing along with the radio or IPod all are considered positive attributes to connecting music with your health.

As you can tell, music has important affects on your health by influencing your emotions, your memory, and your ability to feel stress or be happy. Coming back to the topic of being able to remember songs, all of this information is directly related to your ability to recall certain songs and their respective lyrics. It may even surprise you sometime when driving down the road and hearing a song for the first time in decades and you jump in singing to the music as if you have been listening to it all of this time.

In short, your ability to recall music is tied to how you perceive it as a like or dislike. Enjoying the music creates a certain chemical reaction that helps the blood vessels open up and you are relaxed in the sense that you feel no stress or anxiety.

The next time a song is played that you like and can sing along with, or if you happen to be hearing the song from a live band, think about how easy it is to follow along. Likewise, try to listen to a song that you absolutely despise and pay close attention to how it makes you feel. Does your pulse increase and do you feel a bit of stress or anxiousness? This could be a fun exercise to help you find ways to improve your health that includes the music you include in your life.

By James R Eberts

James is a research and creative writer for EverDream Web. James specializes in educational and informative articles that are readable and have contextual integrity.

This article was sponsored by the Counterfeit Music Company corporate and wedding band based in Denver, CO.