Exhausted and Stressed from a long working day, answering your troubled son or daughter, or a visit to a doctor. Relieve your stress by going to a live musical concert!! When the body undergoes physical or psychological stress, Cortisol, a steroid hormone responsible for causing stress, is produced by the body. Although small doses of Cortisol have positive outcomes like enhancement of alertness and heightened memory but raised Cortisol levels can have drastic repercussions like hypertension, diabetes and impotency.
Interestingly, a live music performance reduces an individual’s levels of hormone, cortisol, responsible for causing stress. This became clear by collection of saliva samples of 117 volunteers during two concerts of a classical composer, Eric Whitacre. The saliva samples were collected from the volunteers before the performance of the live music. The saliva samples of the same volunteers were collected during the interval too. The results revealed reduction in the levels of Cortisol in the second samples. This is an evidence of live musical performance causing reduction in levels of stress hormone.
Therefore, listening to music influences the psychological state enhancing an individual’s health and well-being.
“What’s broken can be mended. What hurts can be healed. And no matter how dark it gets, the sun is going to rise again.”