Music is said to be as good for your mental health as exercise

Instinctively, we all know that sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than blasting your favorite song through a stereo. Research now confirms this sentiment: based on an analysis of 26 studies, scientists claim that singing, playing or listening to music contributes positively to your quality of life and mental health. Music will have a similar effect to exercise on your mood. A little Beyoncé as a soul salve, so to speak.

The study results have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Open Network. Based on 26 studies in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, researchers now suggest that music significantly boosts your mental health. Seven studies related to music therapy, ten on the effect of listening to music, eight on the effect of singing, and one study that analyzed the effect of gospel music.

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Accordingly, the researchers suggest that “musical interventions are associated with meaningful progression in well-being.” They even suspect that the effects of music are similar to those of weight loss and exercise.

More research is needed to truly describe music and to see in what number of scenarios it can be useful. There is still a lot of difference in the effects of music between different individuals. Until then, at least, there’s no harm in torturing Taylor Swift or roaring Foo Fighters for your general well-being.

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