1. Script: The impact of music in our lives
Music is presented in every part of our life. It’ s a form of art that uses sound
organised in time. Generally, music includes people singing with their voices or
playing musical instruments, such as the guitar, violin, piano or drums; it can
also be a coordinated combination of both voices and instruments.
Whether you’re hearing it through your ears or feeling something like rhythm
through vibration, music remains universal.
In 2014 study found that music was helpful for patients with fibromyalgia (a
disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by
fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues).
Study showed that listening to relaxing music of the patient’s choice reduced
pain and increased functional mobility significantly’.
It is believed that music eases pain as listening to it triggers opioids- the body’s
natural pain relievers.
Not only is it able to relieve physical pain, it also has the ability to affect us
But just how much can this ever-present co-ordinated sounds impact us? - and
the way we act and feel?
Well, you can use music to distract yourself from painful or stressful situations
as it could be an “escape from reality”, perhaps you’ve listened to it while
studying or working out.
Though you may sense that music helps you feel better somehow, only recently
has science begun to figure out the reason behind it:
Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music heightens positive
emotion through the reward centre of your brain that can make you feel good.
In addition, research believes that adding music to various therapy’s could
potentially reduce depression and anxiety as well as help in many aspects of the
brain including pain reduction, stress relief, memory and brain injuries as it is
able to elevate one’s feeling.
Just think of a particular song you listen to where you’re able to feel strong
emotions because you feel like the singer is able to relate your pain or problems
without you having to say anything.
Although, various genres of music could undoubtedly impact your moods, it’s not
always within the strategy you would anticipate, it allows us to feel nearly or
possibly all emotions that we experience in our life as it has the ability to bring
back memories and take you back to an event, moment or period of time you
were once in.
Neuroscientists once again looked into this and analysed the brain mechanism
related to memory, finding that words set to music are the easiest to remember
This is why you still aren’t able to forget the Nursery Rhymes and kids songs you
learn back in kindergarten and primary school.
2. However, some research has suggested that music is also able to influence us in a
negative way as it can increase aggressive thoughts or encourage crime.
Recently, a UK study explored how “drill” music (A genre of rap characterised by
threatening lyrics) might be linked to attention- seeking crime.
The content of these songs is about gang rivalry, and unlike other genres, the
audience might judge the performer based on whether he will follow through
with what he claims in his lyrics which can later on influence them to do it too.
But not everyone agrees to this.
Craig Pinkey, a criminologist and lecturer at the University college Birmingham,
in the UK believes that there are multiple reasons for the rise in crime. He
explains that poverty, deprivation, racism, poor leadership and lack of
opportunities also contributes.
Studies have very mixed evidence, and mostly use observational data instead of
controlled experiments that can take into account people’s personality. People
who are already prone to violence might be drawn to violent music but that
doesn’t mean everybody who enjoys that music is violent.
The best way to use music as a tool for increasing the happiness levels in your
life is to find out what works for you
Just think- Which songs makes you smile?