Music, Mood, and Health

Do you ever hear a song that just “does it” for you?  Music can be incredibly therapeutic and is one of many behaviors we can use to stay happy and healthy.

Music with a regular beat can increase serotonin, the neurotransmitter (serotonin) associated with mood, sleep, satiety, and feelings of safety.  Remember that serotonin is usually the neurotransmitter targeted by antidepressants.

Wild music with an erratic beat (think Metallica) can also effect a mood change via a different neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine is also associated with mood in addition to concentration, attention, memory, motivation, creativity, movement, anxiety, and even anger.  Of course, exercise rebalances both of these important neurotransmitters (you knew I was going there).

Many people have trouble “feeling” their own emotions.  I often hear the statement, “I feel like I need to cry, but I can’t.”  The answer lies in a good movie, song, or book.  If ever you need to have a good cry or experience an emotion that may be stopped up in your pipeline, you can use music or a good movie to open your emotional flood gates.  This can be a very cleansing experience for some people, particularly when you lead a busy life.

Use music as your medicine when needed.  It’s healthy with no side effects and is sure to help you create or maintain a healthy mood.  Exercise with music, get a little sun, eat well and have a treat, spend some time with friends or loved ones, and call it a (good) day.

That’s all for today, folks.  It’s been a steamy summer week here and though I love having the little one at home with me, productivity slows down.  Internet friends, I promise to make it up to you with a flurry of posts in coming weeks.

I leave you with  that just “does it” for me this week.  I can’t get enough of it.  Enjoy!