“Music has charms to soothe the wild chest,” goes a famous line from a play by 17th-century writer William Congreve, but the line doesn’t say how long it takes. Recently, researchers at the British Academy of Sound Therapy determined that you need to listen to it for 13 minutes to feel the beneficial effects on one’s mood.Researchers surveyed 7,581 people about their relationship to music.One in nine respondents said the music of his favorite artists is essential to his health and well-being. As a result, many of them use it to relax and combat the stresses of everyday life.
But just listening to a song isn’t enough to see all your worries magically disappear. Instead, you should listen to four songs, each longer than three minutes. Researchers from the British Academy of Sound Therapy claim that listening to music for 13 minutes can help reduce muscle tension, banish negative thoughts and even help you sleep better at night. To feel these relaxing effects, however, be sure to choose instrumental pieces with a slow tempo.
Music, a boon for productivity
If it takes 13 minutes of listening to music to relax, it takes less time to have a feeling of euphoria. Participants in the British Academy of Sound Therapy study reported feeling happier, more energized and satisfied with their lives after listening to songs for 9 minutes. Songs with a catchy beat and positive lyrics are especially recommended for feeling more upbeat in your daily life.
For several years, the scientific community has agreed on the many benefits that music can bring to our mental health and our mood. But what about our productivity? Music can also be effective in a professional context. Over 90% of people surveyed by the British Academy of Sound Therapy felt they could do their job better after listening to music for 13 minutes. A good reason to funk your day at the office.
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