6 Surprising Benefits of Music


Want to do just about anything better? Listen to music.

Ok, music might not help everything, but we all know that music makes life more enjoyable. Science is continually uncovering benefits of music that you may not know.

  • Improves concentration and memory. Try uplifting concertos. Slower, more serious music doesn’t have the same effect.

  • Boosts performance. To be at the top of your game, try listening to your favorite music while training or before a competition

  • Eases chronic pain. In one study of patients with longstanding chronic pain, those who listened to music reported a 21 percent decrease in pain levels and 25 percent reduction in depression related to pain. 

  • Reduces blood pressure. Try listening to at least 30 minutes of relaxing music each day.

  • Cuts calorie intake. In one study, people who listened to music during dinner ate less.

  • Improves immunity. Several studies have suggested that listening to music can boost your immune system, your body’s defense against infectious diseases and cancer.