A recent study out of Stanford University found elderly patients who were diagnosed with depression gained self-esteem and saw an improvement in their mood when they were visited by a music therapist.
For years, Miller, a research cardiologist, has been studying the effects of happiness — or things that make people happy — on our hearts. He began his research with laughter, and found watching funny movies and laughing at them could actually open up blood vessels, allowing blood to circulate more freely.
Miller thought, if laughter can do that, why not music? So, he tested the effects of music on the cardiovascular system. “Turns out music may be one of the best de-stressors — either by playing or even listening to music,” said Miller.
I just had to share this; as a jazz musician and lover of most (or at least many) styles of music. Feel free to take the same critical eye to the suggestion that music may help “slow down the aging process” that you would to assertions that fat will be the death of you. Yet I do find this correlation between listening to pleasurable sounds and a healthier/happier heart to be interesting.
I wonder what a study would find if people also weren’t stressed thinking that the next thing they might hear would be some sort of vocal disparagement of their size/shape/body? If you never felt the fluttering panic that what you might next hear would be hurtful in some personal way; something you don’t want to hear or don’t like (like a song or a trolling jeer) would your stress levels be even lower? And your heart even healthier?
Could removing that belief in telling fatties they are fat “for their own good” actually work to IMPROVE health: lowering stress and improving self esteem?
Maybe the two (un-liked music and negative oral comments) aren’t at all connected but I know that never fearing that my wages of visibility might become aurally apparent through the voices of hateful others would certainly contribute to lower levels of stress in my mind.