Music is awesome. Listening to music does so much for your metal state. Listening to music at home helps reduce stress, but a recent study says that stress reduction kicks up when you’re listening to music in a group.
A research paper from the International Society of Pyschoneuroendocrinology studied participants listening to music at different times of the day for over a week. They found their stress hormones were most reduced when listening to music in a group like at a concert of festival.
The highlights of their study showed.
- Music listening in daily life affects stress-sensitive physiological systems.
- •Music that was listened to in the presence of others reduced stress.
- •Reasons for music listening are important when listening to music alone.
- •Music listening in daily life is an important health behavior.
Those are all good things.
They concluded; The stress-reducing effect of music listening in daily life varies depending on the presence of others. Music listening in the presence of others enhanced the stress-reducing effect of music listening independently of reasons for music listening. Solitary music listening was stress-reducing when relaxation was stated as the reason for music listening. Thus, in daily life, music listening can be used for stress reduction purposes, with the greatest success when it occurs in the presence of others or when it is deliberately listened to for the reason of relaxation.
This study supports findings from the Imperial College of London who basically said the same thing; go to a concert, for your health!