Some of you may remember when I told you about turning on my playlist then shuffle, the first song to start was Applause by Lady Gaga from her upcoming album Art Pop. It is the beat that keeps the exercise bug in me. It really makes me smile! It really makes me want to sing, and it really makes the workout, move quickly and increases the time of clearing the mind.
In a recent article from the New Yorker Konnikova mentions, “Music has now been used therapeutically for a number of diseases, including dementia, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and cerebral ischemia. In a study of chronic pain sufferers, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found that listening to music helped patients experience less physical pain, as well as lower rates of depression; in a study of older people with dementia, scientists from the National Taipei College of Nursing found that playing background music during lunch significantly lowered both verbal and physical aggression.” (1)
Consider mental fitness when one listens to music, especially when its the music that can calm you and create peace within. In many magazine articles, blog posts and other written documents, people are sharing their playlists. Personally, I have several playlists on my iPhone. When choosing the list, it really depends on my mood, and what I am ready to listen too. Our playlists can vary from the AM to the PM. As the article excerpt above discusses how music helps therapeutically, and even in such a simple manner our playlists helps us therapeutically.
Share in the comment section how music makes you smile or give a few of the songs from your favorite playlist. Remember your playlist of music may just be what others may want to have as well.
© 2013 Jewel Williams
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(1) Konnikova, Maria. How Music Makes Us Feel Better. 26 September 2013 (retrieved: October 3, 2013) http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/09/how-music-makes-us-feel-better.html
- The Power of Music: Soothing, Calming and Connecting with Our Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias (goinggentleintothatgoodnight.com)
- The Power of a Playlist (thechanginglifeblog.com)