DID YOU KNOW?
We all have our reasons as to why we listen to music but did you know that music can affect our mood and emotion? It’s undeniable how music can really make or break your day. Tune in to upbeat music and we will feel energetic and inspired. Listen to sentimental or love songs and we will suddenly feel sad without a valid reason. Moreover, music also plays a vital role in our health. Some studies claim that upbeat music puts us in a happier mood, which results in better physical health, good communication, and relationship satisfaction. Music is also associated with memories that can trigger our emotion and awareness, per a study in 2009.
In the movie Alive Inside, it depicts how music can regain one’s consciousness and connect him back to the world. Henry has Alzheimer and is mentally disconnected from his life. To be able to help him, a caretaker in the nursing home asked his family about his music preference before being sick. So the caretaker plays Henry’s music until the old man slowly shows improvements. He has opened his eyes and reconnected with the world through music. This may be a fiction story, but a study of Petr Janata at the University of California, Davis attests that familiar music stimulates a certain part of the brain to replay episodic memories. This instance can reconnect us with our past, just like what happened to Henry. You could try this claim by listening to a random song generator and observe how that song has affected your mood. There are also websites that allow you to download songs for free.