If you haven't noticed from my weekly playlists, I love music. I can't go a day without it. It inspires me, motivates me, and so amazingly reflects whatever I'm going through in my life. No matter where I am in my life, no matter what my mood, there is a song that speaks to me, a beat that finds its way right to the essence of how I feel. Music is such an important part of my life, and it helps me stay positive and present on a daily basis.
In addition to just being flat-out awesome, music has some amazing positive benefits too. I did a little research and I found tons of surprising ways that music can be a positive force in our lives. (For those interested in the science-y stuff, the links throughout the text will take you to the research.) Music has so many wonderful benefits, but here are some some of the most positive ways music makes life better. Music can . . .
. . . IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH.
I'd always had an inkling that listening to music had positive health benefits, but I had no idea how many positive benefits can be gained from putting some earbuds in your ears! Music been shown to ease pain, help people eat less, enhance blood vessel function, relieve depression, improve stroke recovery, improve sleep quality, increase workout performance, aid in post-surgery recovery, improve the cardiovascular system, and boost the immune system. Wow. That's a ton of benefits for doing something that's already really enjoyable. Makes me want to constantly have my headphones on!
. . . INCREASE MOTIVATION.
Not only can music improve physical health, but it has the magical power to increase motivation and performance. And background music can improve your ability to complete cognitive tasks. You've probably experienced this first hand if you've ever listening to music while working out or even while working. Right now I'm listening to some upbeat tunes and I can feel myself typing faster as the beat picks up. No matter what I'm doing — working, cleaning, driving, etc. — the beat of a great song makes me want to keep going and inspires me to continue moving forward.
. . . REDUCE STRESS + ANXIETY.
Music has been proven to reduce stress and relieve anxiety (particularly in those living with cancer), and I think this is one of the best benefits it offers us. Reducing stress and anxiety is essential for living a positive and present life. Did you know music can also induce a meditative state, and has been shown to have similar effects to that of a relaxing massage? Pretty cool. And apparently isn't been shown to help people perform better in high-pressure situations, which is sure to help reduce stress.
. . . ELEVATE YOUR MOOD.
As you probably have experienced, what you listen to can greatly impact your mood. Music been proven to elevate mood, and I've experienced that first hand. Whenever I'm in a low mood and I put on an upbeat, inspiring song, I'm instantly uplifted. (The hard part is making sure to pick a song that'll change my mood and not match it...) Music's ability to improve your emotional state is pretty amazing, isn't it? There's even been a study that showed how listening to music while driving could improve your mood. As I'm sure you've experienced, music really does make you happier.
Clearly music is the best. I listen to it everywhere, and my essential listening tools include: YouTube, my purple iPod, and my Jabra ROX Wireless headset. With these, I can listen almost anywhere: at home, in the car, and whenever I'm running errands. The wireless headset is a new addition to my music-listening gear. It's awesome, and you can get one of your own for free! Keep reading for giveaway details!
WIN AN JABRA ROX WIRELESS HEADSET!
I'm offering one lucky guy or gal a chance to win my favorite method for listening to great music: the Jabra ROX Wireless Headset (value of $129.95!). This lightweight set of earbuds is my go-to for high-quality sound on the go. They're durable, they fit perfectly in my ears, and 'cause they're wireless, they allow me to give up the wires without giving up awesome sound quality. Also, I can control them right from the little box on the wire (so no fumbling for your phone to change a track or switch the volume!), which is crucial. Check out more product details on Jabra's website, and keep reading to find out how you can win an awesome headset of your own!
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