According to several studies, music is significantly associated with improving mood for many people and reducing stress, especially quiet music without words.
An extensive analysis of 26 studies found that singing, playing a musical instrument or even listening to music can improve mental health and have a positive effect on mental health, similar to exercising, according to the BoldSky health website.
Eight studies in this analysis also showed that adding music to standard treatments may be associated with clinically significant changes in well-being and health-related quality of life across a range of conditions.
In one experiment, researchers from the University of Groningen showed that listening to sad or happy music can not only change people’s moods, but also what they notice. In a 2011 study, 43 college students listened to happy or sad music in the background when asked them to identify faces. Happy and sad, and when happy music was played, participants noticed happier faces and vice versa for sad music.
A study also found that listening to upbeat music had a positive effect on memory, skill acquisition and learning.
Neuroscientists have found that listening to music promotes positive emotions through reward centers in the brain, stimulating the release of dopamine, which can make us feel satisfied and extremely happy.
In short, music is uniquely associated with our feelings, and research shows that it can be an effective tool to avert stress and relieve symptoms of depression.