Why does music bring us comfort?

Music is more powerful than we give it credit for. For some people, there’s nothing better than having fun at a long-awaited concert. For others, that sweet spot is singing along loudly to the radio while driving. Perhaps, it’s playing instruments and making music of their own.

Research suggests that music can stimulate natural chemicals like endorphins and oxytocin, which affect our mood. It can help energize our mood and provide an outlet for us to take control of our feelings.

While music has always been a source of relaxation, distraction, and entertainment, we’ve started to see it taken to another level. Music therapy has existed since the 1800s, but has started to become a “trendy” form of therapy in recent years.

Some of the music therapy interventions may include:

  • music improvisation
  • receptive music listening
  • song writing
  • lyric discussion
  • music and imagery
  • Singing
  • music performance
  • learning through music
  • music-assisted relaxation

Music therapy clinical practice may be in developmental, rehabilitative, habilitative, medical, mental health, preventive, wellness care, or educational areas.

We even see music used for different purposes. Some music streaming platforms curate playlists with specific goals: some are for times when we need to focus, find motivation, or fall asleep, and others are for certain moods we may be feeling. This is because music affects our dopamine system.

You’ll often find piano solos and acoustic songs on calming playlists… and it’s no surprise to us to hear that both listening and playing piano has calming effects!

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