H-Factor Where Is Your Heart


By Lisa Cypers Kamen

Enjoying a musical like “West Side Story” or “Singin’ in the Rain” requires believing that it’s perfectly plausible for people to begin singing and dancing during moments of extreme emotion. Be it the highs and lows of teenage love in “Grease” or the determination of an orphan in “Annie,” musical numbers provide insight into a character’s state of mind.

If you find musicals like this cheesy, you’re not alone. Famed linguist Steven Pinker has called music “auditory cheesecake,” something that serves no purpose and happened by accident as language developed. But even the most cynical among us would have a hard time denying that hearing a favorite song can completely change our moods. That’s why other scientists spend their time putting people into brain scanning machines and playing them different songs.

While music may seem like an impossible subject to study, if only because we all prefer different types, researchers are starting to determine just how ingrained into our biology the processing of music might be. Even babies enter the world with an ability to determine between different types of music. Understanding the link between a song we’re hearing and how our body reacts to it could have enormous implications for treating disease and brain disorders such as depression.

Taken from http://health.howstuffworks.com/mental-health/human-nature/happiness/music-and-happiness.htm For more on how music affects the brain, visit this site.

Music isn’t just learning notes and playing them, You learn notes to play to the music of your soul. – Katie Greenwood

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. –
Red Auerbach

Independent filmmaker, author, happiness coach and speaker Lisa Cypers Kamen creates these blogs to entertain, enlighten and educate us as we each undertake our own personal search for happiness.  Happiness is an Inside Job. To contact Lisa, email her directly at lisa@whatisyourhappiness.com and check out her websites at www.whatisyourhappiness.com & www.harvestinghappiness.com .


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