Music has touched people around the world for centuries. Chanting has been used as a form of music in healing ceremonies and rituals throughout native African and American tribes. Ancient Greece turned to music to ease stress, help with sleep, and soothe pain. It has often been said that music can heal the soul, and in fact, that is true.
Music has the power to make people happy. Listening to music will not only evoke positive memories associated with certain tempos, rhythmic patterns, or pitches, but it will also release dopamine in the body, a naturally occurring chemical that causes people to feel excitement, joy, and happiness. Listening to music on special occasions actually allows people to feel the same burst of happiness obtained from eating chocolate, or having sex. Music with faster tempos has been shown to make people feel happier.
One amazing aspect to music is that it involves much more than the brain. It actually strengthens the heart and improves recovery time for anyone with heart conditions. Listening to special music that is meaningful on such occasions as this will release endorphins into the brain and through the vascular system. It will reduce heart rate, blood pressure, and distress. Having the perfect music for your wedding can help to reduce any anxiety or stress that the families and friends might be feeling.
Because music reduces heart rate, it reduces anxiety by extension, something that every bride and groom to-be have to face. And in doing so, music associated with positive memories can promote healthy sleep patterns and reduce anxiety. Music has the ability to reduce the stress hormone: cortisol. By reducing the amount of cortisol in the body, listeners can improve the health of their immune system and reduce pain. Listening to favorite music will increase the level of antibodies in the system, improving overall health and quality of life.