Music Gives You A Big Sexy Brain

No matter where you are from in the world, everyone experiences a universal responses to music. It makes no difference what language lyrics are written in, when you hear good music you simply feel good. Music is a universal language we all speak and a simple tool for brain development, connectivity, and can even aid in an increasing IQ.

Here’s a little science lesson:

The human brain is composed of 2 hemispheres, the left and right. Most activities require the use of 1 hemisphere at a time.

Left Hemisphere

The left brain is the logical brain responsible for words, logic, numbers, analysis, lists, linearity and sequence. It controls the right side of your body.

Right Hemisphere

The right brain is the creative brain and is responsible for rhythm, spatial awareness, color, imagination, daydreaming, holistic awareness and dimension. It controls the left side of your body.

Why should you care about the brain hemispheres if we are talking about music?

Studies have been done examining the brains of professional musicians. Playing music accesses BOTH hemispheres of your brain at 1 time! This is amazing and means playing music is like feeding yourself brain-food. Very few activities engage both sides of the brain at once.

Areas of the brain responsible for motor control, auditory processing, and spatial coordination are larger. They also have a larger corpus callosum. The corpus callosum is the band of nerve fibers that enables the two hemispheres of the brain to communicate with each other… –Be Brain Fit

With both sides of your brain communicating, no wonder there is so much visible growth in a professional musicians brain. Hence, a big sexy brain.

Brain Chemicals Start Flowing More

Chemicals associated with happiness get released in your brain from listening to music you enjoy. Go ahead, stimulate that sexy brain.

Listening to music increases the neurotransmitter dopamine. Fun fact: the sensation of “chills” you get when you listen to a great song is your brain releasing dopamine, causing a feel good feeling. This neurotransmitter is the brain’s motivation molecule and an integral part of the pleasure-reward system. It’s the same brain chemical responsible for the “feel good” states obtained from eating chocolate, orgasm, and runner’s high…
Playing music with others or enjoying live music stimulates the brain hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin has been called the “trust molecule” and the “moral molecule”since it helps us bond with and trust others… –Be Brain Fit

Eating chocolate makes you gain weight (random fun fact: eat a piece of real dark chocolate and watch your pupils dilate in the mirror from “feel good” chemicals in action). Orgasms take effort to achieve (sometimes someone else’s efforts). A runner’s high mean you have to run (and break a sweat). The same “feel good” chemicals can be released into your brain just by laying on your couch and playing your favorite song- no fat, no effort, no sweat.

Music Feeds Your Mood

Listening to music has the power to alter your mood and mindset for the day. Something as simple as sitting down and listening to a song you like has the power to enhance your productivity and well being. For example, every morning when I wake up my alarm song is set to “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled Ft. Ludacris, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross. Let’s call it my power song because it pumps me up to kick my day in the ass and dominate everything I set out to do. Knowing that music feeds your brain, why not use this as a tool to motivate yourself? Your life is ready for its’ own soundtrack.

My Point

Music surrounds our every day lives so why not take advantage of the benefits it has to offer. How can you argue with the facts? Listen, play, enjoy. Keep making that brain sexier and help others do the same. After all, you get 1 brain and it should be the sexiest part of your body.

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