Why Music Is Important


Music can be so powerful, it can impact people’s lives in many different ways. It can inspire people, help with mental health, and many other ways. Music is something that everyone loves and life without it would be boring.

There are many people who have researched the brain while listening to music through the use of fMRI technology. Through this, they are discovering why music can inspire such strong feelings and bind us so tightly to other people. Researchers discovered that during peak emotional moments in the songs identified by the listeners, dopamine was released in the nucleus accumbens, a structure deep within the older part of our human brain. Most people when listening to music have an emotional connection with how the music makes us feel. Billy Joel once said “I think music itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity, it’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”

Listening to music is calming to the brain and reduces stress and eases pain. You may ask why this is, this is because while listening, it triggers the release of opioids in the brain, the body’s natural pain relievers. Music can inspire such strong feelings, it can bring up emotions and raise someone’s mood, get them excited, or help them be calm and relaxed.

Music is like therapy to the mind, it not only benefits mental health, but researchers have been studying how music benefits your health. By helping with anxiety and stress music can help with many things such as pulse, heart rate, and body temperature.