Music & Emotions

music and emotionsHow many times have you noticed how music 🎶 can stimulate powerful emotions? I already know that I am without a doubt a highly emotional person, so I guess it makes sense there have been many times a song was written with so many genuine emotions it brought me to tears.

In the psychology world, it has been thought that pleasurable music 🎶 can lead to the notesandneurons-300x203release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine. There are various reasons people listen to music daily which includes regulating, enhancing, and lessening the unpleasant emotional states of stress and fatigue. Listening to music 🎼 generates emotions, relaxation, and gratification for listeners. The following reasons are other ideas of what music can bring into our lives.

  1. Musical Pleasure-1e5dbe826489cab3383db082ceb4102e

Enjoyment of music 🎼 involves the same pleasure center of the brain as anything else we may find pleasurable. There has been evidence indicating an aesthetic stimulus like music 🎼, clearly targets the dopamine systems of the brain, which normally involves immensely reinforcing and addictive behaviors.

Studies have been done where those involved listened to their favorite songs after they were given naltrexone, which is a medication that treats addiction disorders. Researchers have discovered that when individuals participating in the study took naltrexone the songs that were once their favorite songs, pleasureno longer gave any pleasure. It was also noted that approximately 5% of the population does not experience chills when listening to music. The inability to obtain pleasure clearly from music is referred to as musical anhedonia.

  1. Musical Anticipation-

When music 🎶 is somewhat complex and unpredictable it can be even more appreciated.

  1. Pure and clear emotions-

There is an intellectual element involved with the appreciation for music. The dopamine system is unable to work if isolated and needs maxresdefaultinteraction with other regions of the brain. There has been evidence indicating that people who frequently react emotionally to aesthetic musical stimuli have stronger white matter connectivity between their auditory cortex and areas connecting with emotional processing.

  1. Memories-

One of the most pivotal ways musical 🎶 events stimulate emotions is with memories. The Music-4-Mem-logolate physician, Dr. Oliver Sacks stated, musical 🎼 emotions and musical memory can continue to survive long past all other memories have vanished. The reason musical memory is so strong is that listening to music captivates several parts of the brain, activating connections and generates associations.

  1. Action Inclinations-

no music no lifeMusic 🎶 can cause strong action inclinations to move with the music, such as dancing or foot-tapping. Our internal rhythmus, such as heart rate or respiration can become one with the music, speed up, and slowing down with the song.

  1. Emotional Mimic-

Music 🎼 can recall emotions at many different levels including individual, interpersonal, and intergroup levels. As listeners, our response to what the music 🎶 is expressing emotionally, whether that emotion is happy or sad we will tend to replicate those same unnamed (2)emotions

  1. Consumer Behaviors-

The background music 🎼 that plays in supermarkets or other stores has an astonishingly powerful influence on the consumer’s behaviors. A remarkable example of this was a study done with customers in the drinks section at a supermarket. When French music 🎶 was playing, the sale of French wine was significantly higher than all other wines. Then when there was German music playing, the sale of German wine was higher than all other wines. Next time you are at a grocery store, check out the section where wine is sold and see what type of images (2)music you hear.

  1. Regulates Moods-

During uncertain times, like we are all experiencing in recent days, people will utilize music 🎼 to ease their troubling thoughts. Music 🎶 is also used to achieve different goals, such as maintaining focused on specific and complex tasks. Sad music may help us cope with agonizingly painful situations, like a break-up or death of a loved one. There might be some lyrics that resonate with us because of our personal experiences.

  1. Perception of Time-The-Therapeutic-Powers-of-Music-for-Good-Mental-Health

Time can go by much faster when listening to music 🎼 we enjoy. Have you ever noticed music playing in waiting rooms? It does make time go by faster and the waits do not seem as unbearable, you can almost forget how long you have been waiting. Supermarkets think music 🎶 will make consumers stay in the store longer and buy more items. Music can divert our attention when we are waiting and even keep patience more in check.

How do you feel about music 🎼? Is there a specific type of music you enjoy more than any other? I honestly love most types of music. I do not listen to country music because it almost always makes me cry and I don’t need any other forces to make me cry. I mean I can’t get through the news without ending up in tears and most shows I watch can also make me cry. Yes, I am sometimes way too overly feature-music-makes-the-world-go-round-1098x640emotional.

Thank you so much for stopping by my site today. I hope you enjoyed the information within this post and would love to read your thoughts and what music you enjoy most. I hope your weekend is as enjoyable as possible because y’all deserve happiness! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, compassion, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

 

There are Many Reasons Music is Helpful

music-spiritual-quote-relishquotesDo you have a favorite type of music 🎼? How about a favorite band or singer? What if I asked you to name your 5 favorite songs? I don’t know about you, but I often can’t answer this question quickly because there are many more than just 5. We may not even be able to explain why we gravitate to certain bands or singers, it might just be that we resonate with or feel some songs deeper than others. Are there any songs you listen to and you can almost see the songwriter writing a song? Honestly, there are many songs I feel so deep in my soul that I can imagine the songwriter sitting down to write the song. It might be because these songs have a lot of meaning to me either based on personal experiences or just how intoxicating the song is.music-853704_1280-300x300

Music 🎼 is extremely powerful and without a doubt affects our emotions deeply. When we are happy we might listen to upbeat music 🎶. Then when we are sad we might listen to slower more emotional music 🎼. And when we are angry we may listen to darker music with loud drums pounding. Basically, there is a type of music 🎶 that can cover all moods.

Music 🎼 has been scientifically proven to have powerful effects on the brain. Research shows that music can help in various aspects of the brain anywhere from mild issues to more profound issues. There are many different health benefits music 🎼 offers that include blood flows easier, elevates moods, reduces stress, relieve symptoms of depression, stimulates memories, manages and eases pain, helps people eat less and even help brain Music-And-The-Braininjuries.

According to the University of London’s Department of Psychology, happy music makes us see people in a positive light, despite their facial expressions. Through research done at the University of Chicago, calming music 🎵 increases abstract processes in the brain, which is responsible for creative thinking. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy conducted research with stroke patients. Their research indicated that Classical music revealed the brain’s ability to process imagines better in the stroke patients involved in the study.

With all the proven research on how great music 🎶 is, would you agree that it does have a The-Therapeutic-Powers-of-Music-for-Good-Mental-Healthpositive effect on your emotions? I can say from my own personal experiences, music has been a saving grace for me. When I am stressed to the max, which has been frequent lately, I am able to shut everything and everyone out and focus solely on the music 🎵 in my ears. I have a love for many different styles of music and none are exactly the same. Music 🎼 is freeing and absolutely amazing for so many for several different reasons.

Thank you for stopping by my site today. I hope you enjoyed the information in this post and hope it was beneficial to you. I do look hqdefaultforward to reading your thoughts on music and if it does offer you something powerful! I hope your weekend has started off great and you are enjoying every moment of it. Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

 

Outlets are important!

environmental-writer-300x156Do you have an outlet from the pains that life hands us? I do believe having an outlet can be the most therapeutic thing for anyone, almost like a short escape from reality. It doesn’t matter if you write on a blog and share you deepest feelings with others or if you take time alone to write in a journal about your feelings, it is just important to get those emotions out. Releasing positive and or negative emotions can create so much true comfort!

Obviously y’all know I write on my blog as much as I can, but recently I have started download (5)writing in a journal as well. There might be times when I may not be ready or comfortable sharing how I am feeling with anyone yet and writing these feelings down in private offers me serenity. I find that writing down what is going through my mind at any given time allows me to reread what I am dealing with and gain some perspective. I think that by writing in a journal, I can just be honest with myself and not have to worry about what anyone else thinks or someone trying to tell me how I should feel or how I should cope with my struggles. There are many times that I just wanting to come up with solutions on my own, but then there of course times I do want advice.

I really do enjoy writing on my blog as well because this gives me a chance to not only outletshare with y’all, but also gain some amazing feedback from y’all!! I have told y’all many times before that I am very critical of my own writing, but reading your thoughts helps me in so many ways. I have always dreamed of being a writer and having freedom to write about whatever I want! My ultimate dream is to gain the confidence to write the book I have mulled over for many years. I do believe that if I continue writing on my blog, which I do intend to, I will gain a tremendous amount of knowledge from each of you and about my own skills.  I am very curious about what you consider an outlet. Is writing on your blog, writing in asunrise_music300[1] journal, or do you even consider writing to be an outlet at all?

I also consider music to be an outlet. It amazes me how much passion and meaning can be in just one simple song. I am sure what I take from any given song can be much different that it would anyone else and it might be a lot different than what the writer intended. I appreciate the creativity song writers hold and value what they are sharing with the world.

I am looking forward to reading what you consider an outlet to be and how it has helped you! I am so pleased to say that I do not have to work this weekend, which is allowing me to download (5)do things I really needed to do, like clean the house and rest. I know how crazy that just sounded, cleaning the house and resting seem like they are opposites, but for me being able to get the house nice and clean is a great feeling. Of course all the extra work did create a lot of pain for me, but now I am able to spend the remainder of the weekend resting and preparing myself for another LONG week at work and unfortunately I have to work next weekend!

Thank you for stopping by my site today! I hope you are enjoying your weekend and feeling well! Please never forget that I am always sending y’all LOTS of love ❤, comfort, and many positive vibes!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤

Music Therapy is the BEST!

Happy-wednesday-good-Morning-have-a-lovely-dayGood morning y’all! I hope you are having a great week so far and just think we are half way to the prize of the much-needed weekend! My week thus far has been a little busy at work because one person is on vacation. I mean I guess we all need a vacation, but the “team” I work with was already down one person. I do use the term “team” loosely because most of the time we are anything but that! There is way too much lack of communication, which in my opinion never results in success for anyone involved! Y’all probably already know my how my personality is and that I will push myself a little too far most of the time. Prior to this week I was struggling to work just 6 hours, but I am pushing myself to do more this week! I have been doing 6.5 hours early in the week and plan to do 7 for the rest of the week! I know this sounds pretty crazy considering 6 hours was killing me, but at least I do have the evenings to rest!

It seems that life just has a way of becoming iincredibly difficult at times. There are My-music-takes-me-places-that-my-feed-can-never-go...-Best-Quotes-Decor-sayingstimes that I honestly feel trapped in the shell of my body and want to find a way to escape from it! When my pain gets out of control and or the heat takes the life out of me, I just want to find a peaceful place to run to! I have found that music is absolutely the best therapy for everything!!! Suffering with pain, I turn the music up loud to distract my mind from the pain I am feeling. Battling with stress, I turn the music up even louder to drown the negative thoughts out. Crying with sadness, I will submerge into the music for comfort and peace. Frustrated with your job, which I normally am, I turn the music up even louder to avoid music-noteall the negative energy that is surrounding me!

Maybe it is just me but I can get completely lost in music! There are certain songs that resonate with what I am feeling at any moment in time. There are even songs that can turn a really bad day into something a lot more positive! To me there is more to a song than just the words being sang, but the musicality of a song that can take me to another place far away from any pressures I am feeling! Sometimes the mood I am in might require lots of base to drown out my thoughts and other times I just need a nice soothingMusic-is-my-life-music-5797397-376-298 song to ease my mind.

This week I was fortunate enough to be nominated to do the song/lyric challenge which was absolutely amazing! I shared with y’all two songs from The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, but what I failed to  share was my husband and I were able to see this band play live last Friday! Having the opportunity to see one of our favorite bands, which also holds SO much sentimental meaning was a wonderful way to end the week! The funny thing is, we almost did not go because I was in a lot of pain. Even though I suffered the consequences on Saturday, I am still SO incredibly glad we went! The music music is my medicineand being able to interact with this amazing band after the show was well worth the pain I endured! I am also still thrilled that I was able to meet Erin Winter, which is Randy Winter’s wife. Randy is one of the amazing guitarists from this band and has always been so kind to my husband and I! I had gotten to know Erin on Facebook, so finally meeting her in person was wonderful as she really is an amazing woman!

Thank y’all so much for taking the time to visit my site today and I definitely look forward reading your comments as I know they will be great! I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and really hope you are feeling the best you possibly can! Please always remember that no matter what I may be going through, I am always sending y’all LOTS of❤ love and comfort!

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❤Always, Alyssa❤