Music – My ‘Sane Vice’

concertWe all seem to have our what I call ‘sane vices’. Some people love to spend time out in nature, hiking, jogging up a forest trail, surfing, etc. Others delve into marathons of movies and series.
We all have something.
Mine? Definitely music.

I can honestly sit at 4am with my earphones in and turn my favourite tunes up and I’m happy.
There has been so much research done on how music affects ones mood, and how it is considered a ‘natural’ stress reliever – I can attest to that!
Music has pulled me through many a hard, emotionally difficult time, and it does wonders to get you into the right mindset to workout, which of course boosts your body and spirits after the workout itself.

I’ve been reading up on it a little bit recently, and here’s what I’ve found:

Our work provides support for what many people already do—listen to music to improve their moods,” said lead author Yuna Ferguson in a press release. “Although pursuing personal happiness may be thought of as a self-centered venture, research suggests that happiness relates to a higher probability of socially beneficial behavior, better physical health, higher income, and greater relationship satisfaction.”
-Suzanne Boothby, Healthline.com

Personally, I don’t see the pursuing of personal happiness as a self-centered venture. I feel it’s a vital part of improving and growing yourself, and in turn being a better all-round person for those around you, whether in your work, social or family circles.

Self improvement has always been something I enjoy making time for, and music aides in that.
Music is a sort of distraction from things that weigh my mind down. Granted, I am lucky enough to not have much that ‘weighs’ my mind down – that could be down to my lax personality, whereby not much phases or works me up, but there are times where, without knowing it, listening to 20minutes of music and simply shutting the world out has done wonders for my soul and mood, and I’ve only realized I’d needed it after I had spent time with those little noise buds stuck deep into my ears.

Right now, however, I’m loving Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U. Yes, I’m not only a huge fan of drum and bass, but a little Dubstep never killed anybody, right?
Most would disagree. Sorry for you. Haha.
Anyway, the album is the kind of album that makes you want to party and enjoy life, and that works well for me! It’s an awesome album to do any sort of training to as well – cardio or weight training.

How music makes you feel is important and I encourage everyone to find their vice in music.
There’s a reason why there are so many (cheesy?) music quotes out there – mostly because they’re all probably true in some way…

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything” – Plato

I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music” – Billy Joel

If music be the food of love, play on” – William Shakespeare

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