How music controls your life, molds moods, affects decisions


There are many reasons why we listen to music—we listen to it to take a load off, we listen to it so that we can make homework or a work project go faster, we listen to it whenever we’re happy or sad, or out with friends, but whatever we do, music is all around us, and there are many benefits to listening to music regularly.

Skullcandy, who is releasing the Skullcandy Supreme Sound here in November, lists some of the reasons music is beneficial to your quality of life.

Music can make you smarter. Recent studies show that it stimulates regions of the brain responsible for memory, motor control, timing, and language, so naturally many people listen to music when they’re working on work for school or even in the workplace, so they can get whatever they’re doing done in a more enjoyable and efficient manner without sacrificing the quality of work.

Music can even manage your pain. People often listen to music when they are sad or depressed, and it helps. Hospitals often play music to help soothe the pain their patients are going through, especially expectant mothers or those undergoing anesthesia.

We all know that being in love (or out of it) is a central theme in most songs. Did you know music can also help the physical heart as well? A Harvard study has shown that music helps speed up the recovery from cardiac procedures. Music can also help with our emotional quotient (EQ), which helps determine one’s social skills. Music can fire up emotions, but it can also balance them out.

Music can also increase productivity in the workplace. Studies show that rock and classical music in particular help people recognize visual images, letters, and numbers faster. On that note, are you tired from work, school or working out? Music can also help relieve that and keep you going for that second wind. This also applies vice versa, when you have insomnia and need to sleep at 3 am—a calming, soothing song may drift you off to sleep faster than you think.

Loud tunes can release hormones that make you feel good, but be careful—listening to music that’s too loud for a long time might cause ear damage. Finally, music can help improve memory and prevent Alzheimer’s disease, so if you have older relatives, encourage them to listen to music on a regular basis.