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The surprising effects of music on your mood
Thursday, 21 May · 2 min read

Has listening to your favourite song or piece of music helped to lift your spirits in recent weeks?

Studies show that when you hear music that appeals to you, your brain releases a chemical called dopamine that has a positive impact on your mood.

Though more research is needed, some studies suggest that listening to music can:

  • improve exercise -- doing aerobic activity to music can make you exercise more efficiently and for longer, which in turn can help you sleep better
  • improve mood
  • boost your enjoyment of activities
  • reduce anxiety and stress
  • provide comfort and help you cope with feelings of loneliness, anger or fear

Quote of the day

Good humour is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression...It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. -- Grenville Kleiser

A reason to keep running

Like listening to music, running outdoors can help to boost your mood and mental health generally. It can also keep you physically fit, reduce stress and improve your sleep.

However, don't forget to keep a safe distance from others when you do go running outside, and follow your country's guidelines on exercising outdoors.

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