Performing Music Elevates Pain Threshold Positive Affect

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Performing music can be good for your health 😁 By playing an instrument and performing you’ll raise the “feel good” chemicals in your brain, alleviating stress and elevating your pain threshold. So when you have pain and you’re reaching for some over the counter pain reliever, try playing music instead. Playing music can also be good for your brain, the evidence suggests that you’re less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s. Music can likely help you live longer and be happier! So Rock On!

“We show that singing, dancing and drumming all trigger endorphin release (indexed by an increase in post-activity pain tolerance) in contexts where merely listening to music and low energy musical activities do not. We also confirm that music performance results in elevated positive (but not negative) affect. We conclude that it is the active performance of music that generates the endorphin high, not the music itself. We discuss the implications of this in the context of community bonding mechanisms that commonly involve dance and music-making.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23089077