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Change Your Tune

Music fills our world. Almost constantly. It makes the tense moment on the TV show suspenseful--instead of slightly hokey--who really walks into a dark room to investigate that strange noise? It makes the kiss at the penultimate moment feel like fireworks and happily ever after instead of the awkward first kiss.

It also directly impacts our brain.

Music can help motivation, memory, endurance and more. Music can also reduce depression--although it has a to be a certain type.

Music that has been shown to reduce depression and reduce stress is:

  • Melodious

  • Beautiful, non-dissonance harmonies

  • Straight rhythms

  • Melody and harmony is more prominent than the rhythm

  • It tells a story

This is most often instrumental or classical music. The more traditional classical artists like Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Handel, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Vivaldi. Many great movie sound tracks also fit this category.

Here's Something To Try: try playing classical music as you get ready in the morning, in the car, or while you are exercising. Spend some time really listening to the music, pay attention to how you feel, what memories come to mind. Include it in your gratitude journal that day. Many orchestras have discount tickets for their rehearsals. Attend your local high schools orchestra concerts.

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