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It Takes Just 13 Minutes of Music to Lift Your Spirits

By Michael Vincent on February 27, 2023

British Academy of Sound Therapy
British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) looks at how much music it takes to alter your mood. (Photo: Pixebay)

We know listening to music is one of the fastest ways to change your mood. Listening to Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ Symphony can make you feel vibrant and alive. Seeing poor Violetta sick in her bed in Verdi’s La Traviata can make you feel tender and concerned.

But how much music do you need to listen to before you start to feel different?

That was one of the big questions the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) wanted to answer in their new study.

Most surprising results

The BAST’ Music as Medicine‘ study showed a “musical daily allowance” of just 13 minutes a day is all it takes to improve overall well-being and reduce anxiety and depression.

By the numbers

The study tested 7581 people and found that of their test group:

  • 90.15% used music to relax
  • 81.80% to make them happy
  • 46.5% to process and release sadness
  • 32.53% to aid concentration

Looking deeper

According to the study, participants experienced increased creativity, better sleep quality, and improved mood after listening to music regularly.

To maximize the benefits of music, the study suggests engaging in active listening, which involves focusing on the sounds and rhythms of the music without any distractions. Sorry, Netflix – it’s time to turn off the TV and tune in to your tunes.

If listening to music isn’t enough to get your blood pumping, the study also recommends playing an instrument or singing for even more significant health benefits, such as reducing stress and improving cognitive function.

Why it matters

The study suggests that music can affect the brain similarly to exercise, releasing endorphins and improving cognitive function.

So the next time you feel down, turn up the volume and let the music do its magic!

Michael Vincent
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