©2017 Vital Aging for Women
©2017 Vital Aging for Women
©Vital Aging 4 Women 2017
As a Detroiter, I’ve always leaned toward the Motown sound, along with sixties music and of course, classic rock from the seventies. But recently, I’ve been wanting to introduce some new music to my brain. My musical tastes are in a time warp, and I need to shake them up a little!
The old songs I listen to have a way of evoking long-forgotten memories, good times, old friends and loved ones. The song “Isn’t Life Strange,” from Blues album, Seventh Sojourn, always makes me think about my brother, who died unexpectedly in April of 2000. Other songs bring back memories of great (and not so great) times during my angst-ridden teenage years.
Would you want to live without music? I sure wouldn’t. Imagine a movie without music in the background, developing the mood of that particular scene. Imagine seeing a bride walking down the aisle without hearing that familiar tune that defines a wedding. Not having lullabies to sing your child to sleep, nor songs that make us want to get up and dance with abandon. . . . Life would definitely be strange!
For me, there’s no denying that music is a part of vital aging – just because it brings pleasure to our lives. It makes us want to dance. Sharing a concert experience with our friends enhances our friendships.
But there’s more to it than that. There’s also scientific evidence that shows how music enhances our mental health. For example, listening to it can boost our mood (Not that I needed any research to realize that).
According to health experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine, music can keep our brains youthful. Music engages the brain, lessens anxiety, improve our sleep. Listening to new music may boost our creativity.
And believe it or not, our brains love when we hear new music! Read why in this article, The Science behind the Awesome Feeling of Discovering New Music.
I felt the dopamine in my brain kicking on when, shortly after getting hooked on Alt Nation, I discovered a new song, My Type, by a group called Saint Motel. It made me want to move in a way that vaguely resembles dancing. I have my daughter to thank for that, since if it wasn’t for her, I’d be listening to the same old, same old tunes!
For Further Reading:
Music Therapy for Health and Wellness
Kelly McGonigal’s Ted Talk from 2013 is the most unique talk you’ll ever hear about stress! We’ve all heard that stress kills. In fact, for many years, she herself relayed that message to people, along with providing stress-coping strategies. Then she adapted her beliefs, after getting some revelations from a long-term study showing that it’s not stress that kills, but rather, how people react to stress. By changing how we face stress in our lives, we can make our lives healthier and happier.
Check it out, and let me know what you think about Kelly’s point of view on stress and its positive aspects.