Music has been a major part of human history for centuries and has plenty of benefits beyond just entertainment, including the following:
- Improves creativity: Ambient noise played at a moderate level has been demonstrated to facilitate creative thinking. When music is played at a moderate volume, the brain must work harder to process different things. This results in more creative thought without compromising the ability to process information.
- Improves mood: It has been well-documented that certain music elicits certain emotions. Enjoyable music reduces stress, increases feelings of happiness and hopefulness, and helps listeners feel in control. Even listening to sad music helps, because it allows listeners to acknowledge their feelings, thus making it easier to cope with them.
- Improves exercise: When listening to music during low to moderate intensity exercise, people are often able to exercise longer. The reason for this is that music takes up some of the brain’s attention. By doing so, signals of minor fatigue are often overlooked and do not consciously process, so listeners can continue their workout.