The Irresistible Appeal Of Music; Music to Aid Your Recovery

gateway foundation - appeal of musicWhat is it about music that makes you feel better? Chores are less laborsome and traffic is more bearable when your favorite tunes are playing. A song has the ability to trigger a medley of emotions—from happiness to sadness to serenity. But why does music have the ability to lift your spirits and soothe your soul?

According to a recent issue of Science, Dr. Valorie Salimpoor, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal, reports that music triggers the part of the brain that releases the “pleasure chemical” dopamine—which also helps counter the release of stress hormone cortisol.

However this is just part of the “neural symphony.” Uniting your past with your present, it turns out, may be one of the key powers of music.

“Music also activates the amygdala,” says Salimpoor, “which is involved with the processing of emotion, as well as areas of the prefrontal cortex involved in abstract decision making. When we’re listening to music, the most advanced areas of the brain tie in to the most ancient.”

Music can elevate your mood, ease your pain and trigger fond memories, like your first kiss or fun times with family and friends—so reap the benefits and relish the gift of a fond memory, one song at a time.

Recovery Inspired Music

Looking for music that relates to recovery? Here is a collection of recovery-themed music with the artists’ websites where you can learn more.
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