Why Modern Muse(ic)?

Yesterday we shared with you how we are launching our blog post campaign in a new direction.  Today we want to give you insight as to why we are going to be using music to help inspire you to new heights!  Music gives us the opportunity to breakout out of our current belief pattern to a new understanding of life.

Regardless of your taste in music, here are some things that happen in your brain and body every time you push play to listen to your favorite songs.

Your mood improves. Listening to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams can actually cheer you up. Research published in the Journal of Positive Psychology shows that listening to upbeat music improves mood, with one catch — it only works if you have the desire to be happy. Test subjects who listened to the upbeat music without feeling an urge to be happy did not see their moods change. “Listening to positive music may be an effective way to improve happiness, particularly when it is combined with an intention to become happier,” the study says. A separate study also showed that the “feel-good” neurochemical called dopamine is released when we listen to music.

You recall certain memories. Ever listen to a song and get vivid flashbacks? “Music can definitely support the recall and even formation of memories,” Russo says. “Enjoyable music may lead to dopamine release in the mesolimbic [reward] pathway, which may in turn support the formation of associations and, ultimately, memories.” A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia shows playing music helps improve working memory as well. “Behaviorally, musicians outperformed nonmusicians on standardized subtests of visual, phonological, and executive memory,” according to the study.

You work better. A 1993 study on “the Mozart effect” showed that listening to Mozart could improve standardized test scores. However, it’s not just classical music that has this effect. A study published in the journal Intelligence shows that people exposed to music performed better at spatial tasks than those not listening to music, but this was not dependent on the musical genre. One of the researchers in the Mozart effect study, Frances Rauscher, explained the implications to NPR: “The key to it is that you have to enjoy the music. If you hate Mozart, you’re not going to find a Mozart effect. If you love Pearl Jam, you’re going to find a Pearl Jam effect.”

With that, we invite you to crank up your favorite song to get inspired to new heights of productivity & profitability.  Oh and by the way.. What are some of your favorite inspirational songs?  We’d love to know.  Share your songs via our post on either Facebook or LinkedIn.

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