Music is good for you

Most of us enjoy listening to music, and some of us enjoy playing one or more musical instruments. Music makes us feel good. But there’s more to it than that: music has beneficial effects on mind and body.

“Great music can transform an ordinary day into something magical, even spiritual. It can provide solace, release, strong sensations and more.”

And “Listening to classical music enhances the activity of genes involved in learning and memory, a new study finds.”

But—and it’s a big but—to derive such benefits from music you’ve got to be a genuine fan of music, for it’s not the music itself that works but rather your appreciation of it.