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Researchers Find That This Song Can Reduce Anxiety By 65%. Listen To It Now.

Researchers Find That This Song Can Reduce Anxiety By 65%. Listen To It Now.

It’s no secret that music can have a profound effect on our emotions. It can bring us joy or move us to tears; it can sharpen our focus or allow us to relax. One song in particular has drawn attention recently for its remarkable effectiveness in helping people with combating their anxiety. Researchers at Mindlab International[1] conducting a study about the effects of music on anxiety found that the song “Weightless” by the Marconi Union[2] reduced the anxiety of the participants of the study by an astounding 65%! For some, this is the equivalent of taking a Valium, (it’s possible that it should come with a warning against listening and operating machinery) or other anti-anxiety medications. This can be a win-win for people going through anxiety problems who might not want to rely on medication to help them cope with their mental health concerns.

Research

When researchers at Mindlab first began their experiment, they wanted to find music that best reduced anxiety.[3] They narrowed their selection to 10 songs that all had calming effects. Each song had a soothing, ambient quality, coupled with pleasant harmonics and a deep and steady beat. Below is the list of the top 10 most soothing songs, as discovered and proven by their research:

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  1. Marconi Union – “Weightless”
  2. Airstream – “Electra”
  3. DJ Shah – “Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)”
  4. Enya – “Watermark”
  5. Coldplay – “Strawberry Swing”
  6. Barcelona – “Please Don’t Go”
  7. All Saints – “Pure Shores”
  8. Adele – “Someone Like You”
  9. Mozart – “Canzonetta Sull’aria”
  10. Cafe Del Mar – “We Can Fly”

While these songs were each soothing in their own way, “Weightless” still won by a landslide with “Electra” by Airstream coming in second. Enya was also on the list (no surprise there) and Mozart. Of course, there may be a less mainstream, more soothing song out there somewhere hiding from the limelight, but researchers of this study found great results within their sample size of songs that they tested.

What’s Special About THIS Song?

So what’s so special about “Weightless”? The song has a distorted, ambient quality. It kind of acts like a more pleasant version of white noise to distract the brain from other noises, internal and external. The only rhythmic quality is the consistent, slow beat, which sounds very much like a heart beat. It’s possible that the blend of pleasant ambient melodies and the slow and steady bass line are enough to make our heartbeats become even and calm. It was also wordless, unlike many of the other songs that were tested.

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It’s possible that lyrics, especially heartbreaking lyrics like those in Adele’s “Someone Like You”, may detract from the relaxing effect that the melody by itself would have on a listener. Whatever the secret, the effect was not accidental. The Marconi Union actually teamed up with sound therapists in an effort to create a song that would induce a highly relaxed state (so we really do advise against listening to it in the car) and they were ultimately successful. Take some time to listen to the song using the link below and see if you can determine the source of its mesmerizing effects.

The Power of Music Therapy

Over 40 million adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and this number is rising.[4] Many people take pharmaceuticals to cope with this problem, sometimes with limited success. Music therapy could offer a wonderful alternative treatment or co-treatment for people suffering from chronic or acute anxiety. Currently, music therapists around the globe use it to promote wellness, reduce pain, improve communication, and even enhance memory.[5]

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As research continues, researchers may discover that music is a more powerful tool than we ever realized. Perhaps someday, it will be accepted as a more mainstream treatment in hospitals, nursing homes, and other treatment facilities. For now, though, pull out your headphones and enjoy these private therapy sessions!

What Do YOU Think?

Almost everyone has a playlist for many different occasions. Most of us have a song or songs we like to listen to in order to relax, to study, to work out, to wake up, or to boost our mood. Take some time to comment below and tell us what you think. Do you have a soothing song that you like to listen to when you’re feeling stressed or anxious? Post the link below!

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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