Wandering Wednesday #11: The power of music

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Music is the language of the soul, says a popular adage. Now, scientists are finding that this may actually be true.

Researchers have found that recreational music-making and drumming can improve immunity, and daily sessions of voluntary music-guided slow breathing can significantly reduce blood pressure. Here are 7 Ways Music Breaks Can Improve Your Health.

Ever wondered Why Music Makes You Happy? Researchers have found the answer – listening to music triggers the brain to release the happiness chemical dopamine.

Does this inspire you to go make music? If you’re anything like me, you’d say “Me? Make music? Sure, if you want to clear the room!” Help is at hand for us non-musicians in the form of a cool iPhone app called “La Di Da” that creates music using “reverse karaoke.” You sing into the iPhone, then the computer program writes the music in the appropriate key and even auto tunes your voice for you. You can read more about the app and watch it in action here.

Have you ever experienced the stress-busting/mood changing effects of music?

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  1. I couldn’t agree more. I love music and grew up listening to it starting at a very young age. Whenever I get together with my mom’s family, there are always random outbursts of song in which everyone joins in. Personally, I don’t think I can sing, but I frequently recreate songs by making up my own lyrics 😀

    • You sure are one creative lady! I don’t think I could make up song lyrics. I went through a phase when I couldn’t sleep unless I had music on…but the husband can’t sleep with ‘noise’ so that was the end to that! My mom still sometimes sings questions to me – a line from a song asking what’s up or how I am… 🙂

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