In a recent article by Katie Melville, a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, and regular contributor to Functional Medicine Dr. Chris Kresser’s website, she highlights six health benefits from listening to music.

To get all the details, check out her article, but here’s a snapshot of the six:

  1. It relieves stress
  2. It can help ease symptoms of anxiety and depression
  3. It improves immune function
  4. It prevents age-related cognitive decline
  5. It fosters social connection
  6. It improves quality of life for people with neurological disorders

In short, music has helped humans find a healthier, happier life for centuries. As Dr. Melville points out: “Music has been a part of the human experience since Paleolithic times—or even earlier. Whether you’re listening, playing, singing, or dancing, enjoy the many ways music can benefit your mental and cognitive health.