10 Reasons Why Classical Music is Good for You


All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is a direct result of your thoughts. James Allen

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If you say you can, you are right, If you say you can’t, you are also right. Both are products of your thoughts and what you believe in.  Scripture says out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. What have you deposited within that you wish to call forth? How rich or deep is your thought bank?

When you set out to do something, your first goal should be sincerity of purpose for therein lies the strength to prevail through tough times. It is imperative that you understand without sincerity and honesty, nothing can stand firm. It may stay but for a while.

My mentor Charles Umeh would always say to me "Mezie turn your "failure" into fuel... most times failure isn't game over its simply bring it on...you really have to have Bravery to see this. " I completely agree with him because the foundation of every bravery, courage and determination, hinges on sincerity of purpose, honesty and integrity.

When things start going South, it is your honesty that empowers you to rise above every storm, turning all stones hurled at you into stepping stones. Do not be afraid to fail, for even if you fail, let it be the fuel that energizes you to your success

In John 16:33, Jesus says to us; these things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

These words come from a heart filled with deep love for mankind. They are beautiful reassurances that pushes us through the many vicissitudes of life; a certain kind of elixir that sustains us even though we face many storms in life.

For me, one of the ways of gathering and building positive thoughts is by listening to fine  and classical music. When it comes to music you can call me an old soul. Research has it that there are amazing benefits of listening to classical music to mental health. 

Another one of the many mental health benefits of music is that it has the ability to improve your concentration and focus on certain tasks. Although music with lyrics can be distracting during thinking-intensive tasks, listening to nature sounds or classical music heightens concentration.

Other benefits according to Brooke Neuman include – decreases blood pressure, boosts memory, sparks creativity, reduces stress levels, supercharges brainpower, fights depression, puts you to sleep; relieves pain, makes you happy, improves productivity. She explains further below;

1. Decreases blood pressure

Want to keep your heart healthy? According to an Oxford University study, listening to classical music can help reduce one’s blood pressure. In the study, researchers played participants different styles of music, including rap, pop, techno, and classical.
Classical music was effective at lowering participant’s blood pressure, while rap, pop, and techno actually raised blood pressure.

2. Boosts memory

Did you know that listening to Mozart can actually help improve your memory? According to a study, people who listened to Mozart’s music showed an increase in brain wave activity that’s linked directly to memory. So next time you have to memorize a big speech or presentation, put on some Mozart while you practice.

3. Sparks creativity

To get your creative juices flowing, listen to some classical music. While listening to classical music won’t instantly make you creative, it will help put into a more creative mindset. Next time you need to brainstorm, try listening to some Mozart or Bach to get your mind thinking outside the box.

4. Reduces stress levels

If you’re feeling particularly stressed, listen to some classical tunes. A study found that pregnant women who listened to classical music were less likely to feel stressed throughout their pregnancy. Scientists claim that classical music’s tempo is similar to the human heart, which eases both anxiety and depression.

5. Supercharges brainpower

Do you have a big test or project coming up? Boost your brainpower by listening to some classical music. In a study, French researchers found that students who listened to a lecture in which classical music was played in the background scored better on a test compared to other students.

6. Fights depression

When you’re feeling down in the dumps, ditch the donuts and opt for some classical music instead. Several studies have proven that classical music helps relieve depression and melancholy. In fact, a study from Mexico discovered that listening to classical music can help ease symptoms of depression.

7. Puts you to sleep

Do you toss and turn for hours before finally falling asleep? Rather than squeeze in another episode of Games of Thrones or New Girl, listen to classical music. According to a study of people with sleep issues, listening to classical music for just 45 minutes prior to bed can help improve sleep quality.

8. Relieves pain

Instead of reaching for another Tylenol, you might want to consider playing a Bach or Beethoven playlist. Multiple studies have shown that listening to classical music can help relieve pain. According to researchers in London, patients listening to classical music used significantly less pain medication.

9. Makes you happy

Want to get out of that bad mood you’re in? Listening to classical music can help increase dopamine secretion, which activates the brain’s reward and pleasure center. In fact, a 2013 study found that music can help put people in a better mood.

10. Improves productivity

It’s a Monday morning and you can’t seem to get it together. To help boost productivity, listen to some classical music. A series of studies have proven that music makes repetitive tasks more enjoyable. A study performed by researchers at the University of Maryland found that Baroque classical music in the reading room can help improve radiologists’ efficiency and accuracy.

I felt these and more on Monday October 2, 2017 listening to the Voice of Angels Choir, Catholic Church of the Annunciation, Festac Town, Lagos at the Concert to mark their 16th Anniversary. It would interest you to know that about 7 years of my life was spent there, learning the art of Church Music before leaving, even though I am still one at heart. God bless them so much for a stellar performance. It did stir up my soul and sent me deep in thoughts and helped put me in the right frame of mind for the presentation I had later in the evening somewhere in Sibiri, Lagos . I t was a perfect way to spend the Independence holiday.

You don’t like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi … Then you don’t know what you are missing when it comes to developing a strong mental health and building positive thoughts to propel you into success.

Let me end with this words from Chanakya "Once you start a working on something, don't be afraid of failure and don't abandon it. People who work sincerely are the happiest." Find that Fuel that enables you to fail forward. Be Sincere! But first, try listening to some classical music. 

Start with Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.


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