If you want to keep your body in shape, go to the gym. And if you want to exercise your brain, listen to music. Very few things stimulate the brain just like music. Studies show that listening to music can reduce anxiety and pain and improve blood pressure, sleep quality, mood, mental ability and memory.

Brain connection - music

Experts are trying to figure out how our brains can hear and play music. A stereo system transmits vibrations that travel through the air and somehow plug into the ear canal. These vibrations affect the ear drum and are transmitted to an electrical signal that travels through the auditory nerve to the brain, where it turns into something we perceive as music.

Daily brain stimulation by music

The power of music is not limited to interesting studies. Try these methods to bring more music and brain benefits to your life:

Help your creativity

Experts also suggest listening to the music your children and grandchildren hear. We often hear the same songs and genres of music we heard during our teens and 20s and mostly avoid listening to anything outside that time. New music challenges our brains in a way the old one does not. It may not be very appealing at first but it unintentionally forces the brain to try to understand new sounds.

Remember something from a long time ago

Different songs bring back memories of events that may have happened when you were listening to it in the past.

Listen to your body

Pay attention to how you respond to different forms of music and choose the one that is best for you. What helps a person to focus can be distracting to someone else, and what helps a person to relax can produce fatigue for someone else.

Source: Health Journal