Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open suggests music improves mental health and wellbeing. After reviewing 26 studies across several countries including Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the research showed that music may provide a clinically significant boost to mental health. Whether participants sang, played or listened to music in the studies, the analysis showed that the mental health benefits were nearly the same as exercise and weight loss. Future research is needed to confirm the findings, however, the results prove promising for music lovers around the world.
“All of us are experts in music because we’ve spent thousands of hours listening to music, codifying it in our brain and responding to it. Is it any wonder what when we listen to music, something remarkable happens?”Kim Cunio, an associate professor and convener of musicology at the Australian National University, who was not involved in the research.