Music is a big part of many people's lives. It's a powerful way of expression. It can make you happy, sad, pretty much any emotion you can think of. Music can make you dance, it can make your heart beat, but what else does it do?
Recently a study was conducted to find out just this. For one month, several 4-6 year olds with similar intelligence quotas(IQ) were split into two groups. One group was given music lessons for a month that included rhythm, melody and pitch, while the other group did nothing. After the period of time, the group that was given lessons had significantly better ability to understand words and explain their meanings than those without.
Music is the equivalent of lifting weights for the brain. As people age, playing and listening to music might be as important as taking pills, for it can improve mental sharpness and memory. Speaking of memory, people that suffered from brain damage were able to regain some or all of their memories while listening to music.
The list goes on and on, it can reduce depression, stress, improve blood pressure, sleep quality, and decrease anxiety. So next time you pick up your iPod and play some tunes, remember that music is no longer just good for the soul.