Amazing Facts About Music and the Holidays

The holidays are approaching quickly. As always, they bring up all kinds of good feelings, hopes, anxieties and disappointments. For me, and I imagine I’m not dreamstimefree_42779alone in this, holidays are inextricably intertwined with music. So, I want to give you some super information about music that might encourage you to incorporate it into whatever/whichever/however holiday you enjoy.

Factoids:

  1. Singing together brings us together. No one who has ever heard me sing has reported this but, I suspect it is true. Music is often a social activity; making it together can help bring us together. You don’t have to gather round ye old piano; you can belt out music while driving, cooking, or standing in line at the market. A Finnish study of almost one thousand pupils who took part in music classes reported higher satisfaction at school in almost every area, even those not related to the music classes themselves. People like synchronization and seem to like each other better afterward.
  2. Music helps lessen the the stress and anxiety associated with having treatment for coronary heart disease.  A review of 23 studies covering almost 1,500 patients found that listening to music reduced heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety in heart disease patients.
  3. Music helps sadness. For many people, even sad music creates an interesting mix of emotions; some negative, some positive.

In conclusion, music helps you manage your moods and reduce anxiety and stress. tra la, la, la.  Except when I am singing.

Sources:

Eerola and Eerola (duets?), 2013.

Bradt and Dileo, 2009.

Kawakami et al 2013

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