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Five Ways Good Music Can Influence Your Health

Good Music Influence is more than a Hip-Hop media outlet. We're bigger than just a brand. GMI is a movement for positive impact and social good through music and entertainment channels. We strive to uplift artists whose music inspires, uplifts and breads creativity. As many musicians and artists know, music is more than just lyrics to a beat, music is influential and for the past 5 years clinical studies have suggested that music can actually be just as powerful (if not more than) medication.

What Makes Good Music so Influential? Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music can heighten positive emotion through the reward centers of our brain, stimulating hits of dopamine which make us feel good! Listening to music also lights up other areas of the brain.

5 ways Music Can Positively Influence Your Health

  1. Music reduces stress and anxiety -Research has shown that listening to music with a slow tempo and low pitch, without lyrics or loud instrumentation can calm people down, even during highly stressful or painful events.

  2. Music can prevent increases in heart rate and systolic blood pressure brought upon by anxiety, and decrease cortisol levels. In a study involving surgery patients, the stress reducing effects of music were more powerful than the effect of an orally-administered anxiolytic drug.

  3. Performing music, versus listening to music, may also have a calming effect. In studies with adult choir singers, singing the same piece of music tended to synch up their breathing and heart rates, producing a group-wide calming effect.

  4. Music decreases pain - Music has a unique ability to help with pain management, as I found in a 2013 study, sixty people diagnosed with fibromyalgia were randomly assigned to listen to music once a day over a four-week period. In comparison to a control group, the group that listened to music experienced significant pain reduction and fewer depressive

  5. Music helps us exercise - How many of us listen to our favorite playlist of upbeat songs while working out? It turns out that research supports that music helps increase the length of time we work out when compared to controls.

If you're still looking for some new good music to listen to while you workout, head over to our GMI New Music page!

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