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It is a fact that music affects your brain. Your body can respond to music without you even noticing and can turn a bad day into a good one. There are many benefits to listening to different types of music and even ways it can help you learn more about yourself. Read on for five ways that music plays an important role in your life. 

Improves Happiness

If you do some research, it will not take you long to discover that music can increase the dopamine levels in your brain. Dopamine is a chemical that allows you to simply feel good. Some people may have lower levels than others, and music helps that level increase. 

It could happen the instant you hear an old song like soft rock and you are taken right back to a happy memory. The emotions you felt ten or twenty years ago when you first heard a song, can all come back in an instant. Music has the power to ignite your memory. 

Calms Nerves

Some experts may tell you that if you are anxiously awaiting something or are experiencing anxiety, that you should try listening to music that has a slower tempo. The fact that the music is beating slow can influence your heart rate to slow down. This can happen while listening to music with no more than 80 beats per minute. 

A similar thing can happen to you if you have trouble falling asleep. If you try listening to classical music or songs with a soothing melody, it can help you relax. You should take the time to find different types of music that help you wind down and rest. 

Expresses Your Feelings

It is possible that you love someone so much that you do not know how to express it to them. Maybe there is a song that when you listen to the lyrics, you instantly start to think about your loved one. By sharing that song with them, you could let them know all the ways you feel about them without having to say a word. 

There could be times that you are going through something that you believe no one else will understand. Find a song that is written about how you are feeling. Listen to that song when you are upset so that you do not feel alone. It can help you identify why you are experiencing these emotions. 

Motivates You

Upbeat music or fast-paced rhythms and beats have the ability to make you feel stronger and capable of anything. You may try listening to uplifting music while you are at the gym working out or right before a big presentation. The sound of energetic music may make you feel empowered to achieve your task.

Once you find the type of music that motivates you, you will love listening to it when you are lacking the inspiration to do something hard.  This may be when you are cleaning the house, cooking a big dinner, running that last mile, packing your things to move, or driving a really long distance. 

Creates Bonds

There may be a certain artist or a band who you are sure that you are the only one who could possibly know about and listen to. This can happen when an artist's music is new, underground, or not mainstream. Then the day comes that you meet someone else who not only has heard of their music but loves it as much as you. This is a way that wonderful friendships and relationships begin.  

Do not be afraid to go to a listening party or concert that you are dying to attend, even if you do not have anyone else to go with you. There is a great chance that you will have many things in common with another fan who you could meet there. Music has the potential to bring people together and give them a sense of belonging.

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Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer in both physical and mental health. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym.

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