Think about the last time you listened to music.
What was going through your mind?
Were you stressed out about a project at work?
Were you trying to get pumped up for a workout?
Music can affect our moods and emotions in a variety of ways. This blog post will discuss four ways in which music can make you a better person.
4 Ways Music Can Make You a Better Person
1. Boosts Mood and Inspires Generosity
Music can boost your mood and improve your outlook on life.
If you’re feeling down, listen to happy, upbeat music that makes you want to dance. The positive lyrics and joyful melodies will help shift your focus from negative to positive thoughts.
It’s also believed that music makes you emotionally stronger by exercising the nerve cells. As a result, you may be better able to read people’s emotions through the tone of their voice.
A study suggests that uplifting music makes a person likelier to demonstrate helping behavior. The test group participants were more prone to be generous toward people after listening to positive tunes.
Another study showed that university students who listened to up-tempo music agreed to help distribute leaflets after signing a petition supporting a charity (they were asked to do any one task).
2. Makes You More Attentive
Listening to music can help you manage stress and improve focus. It also helps spice up a monotonous routine. It helps you concentrate on the work at hand, preventing you from losing focus.
When feeling overwhelmed, try putting on your favorite song and take a few deep breaths. It’ll help you relax and clear your mind.
3. Makes You a Better Learner
In addition to managing stress and boosting your mood, music can also provide a mental workout. On one hand, listening to classical music improves memory and cognitive function. On the other, it has been observed that musicians have enhanced auditory attention and working memory. A child who received music training for two years could better differentiate between similar sounding words like ‘bill’ and ‘pill.’
4. Promotes Compassion and Understanding Toward People Different from You
Music can help you be more compassionate and understanding. Prosocial lyrics, in particular, can make you less aggressive and more accepting of other people’s perspectives.
People who listen to empathetic music are more likely to experience empathy themselves.
One study showed that participants who listened to Bruno Mars’s “Count on Me” had fewer aggressive thoughts than those who listened to a neutral song like “The Lazy Song.”
Another study confirmed that participants who listened to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” demonstrated a more positive attitude and behavior toward women.
Music, with its lyrics, emotional resonance, and unique way of bringing together groups of people, has the power to transform individuals into a better version of themselves.
Whether you’re looking to boost your mood, focus, memory, or compassion, music can help.
So, next time you’re feeling down or struggling with a challenge, put on your favorite tunes and let the power of music work its magic!
Eric Dalius is The Executive Chairman of MuzicSwipe, a music and content discovery platform designed to maximize artist discovery and optimize fan relationships. He also hosts the weekly podcast “FULLSPEED,” showcasing conversations with trailblazing entrepreneurs from various fields. Through the “Eric Dalius Foundation,” Eric has created four scholarships for US students. Connect with Eric on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Entrepreneur.com.