Making music: Just what the doctor ordered?

Most people enjoy listening to music, but when it comes to picking up an instrument and making music of your own, only a select few take the time to try it. But what if making music was actually good for your health and stress levels?

Research shows that casual music-making can actually short-circuit the stress response in your brain, keeping it from becoming a chronic condition and helping to reduce feelings of burnout, anger or depression. Making music can even increase mental performance and improve behavior tendencies.

Rest assured, you do not need to be a music aficionado to reap the positive health and wellness benefits. In fact, approaching music-making with a casual and laid-back outlook maximizes the relaxation outcomes. So grab a guitar or pull up a piano bench and start making some noise – it may be just what the doctor ordered.

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