How does music affect our mood?

Music occupies an important place in our hearts, and it is unlikely that there is at least one person who can be left totally indifferent about these magical sounds. 

Moreover, the influence of music on health and the harmonious development of the individual has been known since ancient times. And in the 20th century, when interest in the influence of music on the human body grew noticeably, numerous studies showed that music affects many subtle processes, changes the functioning of various organs and systems, and ultimately has a beneficial effect on human health.

It's no secret that music has a strong impact on a person's mental activity too, which is proven by the fact that you can often meet single parents' messages on forums and websites like https://meetville.com/catalog /us/page/690-single-parents talking about their children, who play some kind of musical instrument or study at a music school, developing better memory and non-verbal thinking thanks to remembering many motives and texts.

But what about broader concepts, such as our mood? It is known that music, of all art forms, has a huge impact on our psyche, emotions and soul. Sounds of a certain tonality can lead a person into various states, excitement, joy, sadness, and even panic fear. It is able to cheer us up in difficult times and remind us of happy moments.

All over the world, a large number of studies have been conducted on the influence of music on the emotional state of a person, which have shown its ability to cause certain reactions.

Minor keys have a "depressive effect", fast pulsating rhythms and consonances are exciting and cause negative emotions, "soft" rhythms soothe.

It was concluded that the cardiovascular system noticeably reacts to music when it gives pleasure and creates a pleasant mood: the pulse slows down, heart contractions increase, blood pressure decreases.

With the irritating nature of the music, the heartbeat quickens and becomes weaker. Remarkably, the same melody, depending on how it is performed: in a major or minor fret, fast or slow tempo, can also convey different emotions.

It’s also worth noting that anxiety reduction is more observed when listening to sad music. At the same time, the use of cheerful music to relieve anxiety can have the opposite effect, i.e. increase anxiety and irritability. 

With pathological depression, patients do not perceive cheerful music, it deepens depression even more, actualizing the patient's experiences and thus preventing the perception of cheerful music.

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