Music Is The Best Medicine

     New studies show that music is good for your health. Researchers in Norway found that hospital employees who joined a choir program reported improved health and greater engagement at work, proving that the social bonds formed during cultural activities like singing have a positive effect on your overall health. So how do different genres of music measure up?

Rap: A new study from the National Institutes of Health shows that the spontaneous lyrical improvisation in rap engages the brain's pre-frontal cortex region, inspiring creativity.

Classical: A Stanford University study shows the complex symphonies by Baroque composers like Bach and Handel helps focus the mind.

Your favorite song: A study from McGill University shows that listening to music that moves you triggers the release of dopamine in the brain, heightening pleasure centers in the mind.

Fast tunes: Researchers at Brunel University found that fast-paced, energetic music was best for physical activity, while inspirational music with a climax is best for game-time prep.

Mellow music: According to the University of Kentucky, patients who listened to mellow music before, during and after surgery reported reduced pain and anxiety, requiring less sedative medication. (Women's Health)

Matt Appleby

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