Good Music For Good Health

Thalia Gonzalez, Editor-in-Chief

Music has been around for many years. The first recovered piece of recorded music was dated all the way back to 800 BCE. It was a religious hymn that was written in cuneiform. This has given music plenty of time to evolve and it is no doubt that almost everyone listens to music daily. 

Music has many benefits to a person’s health. Studies by the Journal of Positive Psychology have shown that people who listen to upbeat music could improve their moods and boost their happiness.  Along with this information, the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) has reported that music therapy programs can help with managing stress, enhancing memory and alleviating pain. 

Even more surprisingly, music does not only help with inside trauma, like our emotions, but it also helps with outside trauma. A review in The Lancet stated that people who listened to music before, during, or after surgery experienced less pain and anxiety than patients who listened to no music at all. The patients that listened to music also did not need as many pain killers as the patients who did not listen to music. This may seem unbelievable, but they held 73 different trials for this experiment and it included over 7,000 patients, mind-blowing. 

And yet, there are still more benefits. A recent review in the World Journal of Psychiatry found that music therapy helps even more than AMTA reported. It can be an effective treatment for things such as mood disorders related to neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia, stroke and multiple sclerosis. After 25 trials, these researchers concluded that music is a valid therapy that can potentially help reduce depression and anxiety. Music has also been found to be helpful with improving mood, self-esteem and quality of life. 

Music has many benefits that the world does not know about; I hope this opened your mind to the things possible. Even the simplest things in the world can bring the biggest positive things. So make sure to listen to some music today and tomorrow, and even the next day, and the day after that too. I am sure you will not regret it!