Music takes 13 minutes to ‘release sadness’ and 9 to make you happy, according to new study.
Recent research (February 2023) proves that music heals and suggests that in the future, music could be prescribed to help us focus, feel happier, relax and overcome sadness.
Research from the British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST) has shown there is a common dosage for music and revealed how long an individual needs to listen to it for a therapeutic effect to be experienced. In recent years, psychologists have proven that music can have a positive effect on our health, so researchers at BAST were interested to discover whether it would be possible to prescribe music to help with specific mood states. Their study, Music as Medicine, tested 7,581 participants and found that 89 percent believed music to be essential for their health and wellbeing, so there’s no doubt that it plays an important part in our daily lives. While 90.15 percent participants used music to relax, 81.80 percent used it to make them feel happy, 46.5 percent to process and/or release sadness, and 32.53 percent to aid concentration.
The best music for relaxation had a slow tempo, simple melody and no lyrics, with an optimum listening time of 13 minutes – and many benefits were reported, including ‘decreased muscle tension, negative thoughts disappearing, feeling peaceful and contented and being able to sleep better’.
- Emotional Health