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Music for your mood

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Next time you listen to a song, notice how your body and mind respond to the music. Are you swaying, tapping, or nodding your head? Maybe even smiling?

Music moves us. And now there's a growing body of evidence that suggests music can also affect our mental and physical health.

woman listening to musicMusic has been shown in studies to reduce depression, anxiety, and the need for sedatives. Another study found that music helps relieve chronic pain. Joyful music has been shown to improve blood flow through arteries. And cancer patients have found moderate pain relief from listening to music during chemotherapy.

Try to get at least 1 dose of music that moves you each day. Tune into our Pandora stationsA service of the Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente Thrive. Please review the privacy policy and terms of use as they differ from those of this site. or download a few songsA service of the Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente Health Tunes. Please review the privacy policy and terms of use as they differ from those of this site. directly to your computer to get started.

Adapted from K.J. Kemper and S.C. Danhauer, Southern Medical Journal and W. Igawa-Silva, S. Wu, and R. Harrigan, “Music and Cancer Pain Management,” Hawaii Medical Journal.

Reviewed by: Paul Millea, MD, June, 2013
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