Listening to a playlist of songs has become a fun way to pass the time in the car.
But I’m more of a traditional guy.
I’ll take a good radio station over a pre-set playlist any day.
For one, I like the disc jockeys… well, most of them.
A good DJ will keep me entertained, give me the scores of last night’s games, tell me what’s expected with the day’s weather, and update me on current events.
If I’m stuck in traffic, the banter between DJs on the radio is a nice distraction, and helps ease stress.
Also, there’s just something so much more enjoyable about hearing a beloved song come on the radio.
Maybe it’s just me, but having it unexpectedly come through the airwaves makes the song sound so much better.
No matter how you listen to music, whether it be on a radio or your phone’s playlist, your health will be better for it.
Research has repeatedly shown that listening to music you find calming helps ease tension by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the bloodstream.
It’s also widely known that listening to music helps lower blood pressure levels.
And, a preliminary study found listening to music could even help patients deal with pain.
(I guess Bob Marley was right when he said: “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”)
If you have trouble sleeping, consider putting on the classical music station in the evening.
One study found that adults who listened to classical music for 45 minutes before bed slept better than those who listened to an audiobook, or did nothing.
It’s clear that music can be therapy… to calm… to soothe… to restore.
So, the next time you’re feeling down, or out-of-sorts, flip on the radio, or put on a CD and experience for yourself all the healing music can provide.