Ever wondered why I have “We need music Wednesdays?”

It wasn’t until a friend of mine mentioned to me, “Do you realize that you sing a lot. The whole family does” that I realized just how much we do sing around here. I sing my problems sometimes or belt out my issues with a messy house by singing it out. It turns out that there is a really good reason for music to make us feel good. I found this article today and since it’s “We need music Wednesday” I just had to share this article with you and of course my selection for today which is “Everyday” from Bif Naked. I have always loved this song but after passing a tweet with her yesterday I felt that the universe was telling me something. It was telling me to share this song. Enjoy!

“Dip your feet into the ocean.
Let the sun beat on your skin.
Soak in every emotion,
that you never thought you’d live.
And never take for granted,
every breath you’re breathing in.
Go everywhere you’ve never been,”

Why Music Listening Makes Us Feel Good
The Chemical Link Between Music and Emotion
Published on January 20, 2011 by Kimberly Sena Moore in Your Musical Self

It can be argued that music is a core function in our brain. Our brains are wired from the beginning to process and understand music. Yet music has always been sort of a mystery, especially since it’s not typically considered “necessary” for survival. That is reserved for the trifecta of food, sex, and sleep.

A study came out this month that adds another important piece of information as we continue to figure out how our brain processes music. When we satisfy our desire to eat, to sleep, or reproduce, our brain releases dopamine–the “feel good” neurochemical involved when we experience pleasure and reward.

Additionally, it points to a shared neural network involving tangible and abstract rewards. We already know that skills such as speech production use shared neural networks to those used to sing. This study shows a similar relationship, demontrating shared neural circuitry involving how our reward circuits process tangile and abstract rewards.

From a practical standpoint, this will not affect your average day-to-day listening. Just know that, when you experience an emotion while listening to music, ancient reward circuits are flooding your brain with a chemical designed to make you feel good.

Read the full article at Psychology Today

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