People with dementia & relatives participate in Mindsong project

Be healthy, happy and mentally fit – make music!

We take it as read that playing a musical instrument or singing is good for the brain, the body and the emotions. Great minds such as Plato, William Shakespeare, Friedrich Nietzsche and Hans Christian Andersen have said as much, not to mention notable musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Ludwig van Beethoven. But is it all supposition and pseudo-science?

In this article, Anita Holford and Dyfan Wyn Owen take a look at evidence from around the world and conclude that listening to music is good for you but playing a musical instrument or singing has powerful, long-lasting effects on your health and well-being.

If you’re already a musician or singer, making sure you make time to play regularly is going to give you more than just pleasure. And if you’re not, you could take up a musical instrument, make more time to sing in the home or join a music group to give your brain a full-body workout. It seems there are few better ways to be healthy, happy and mentally fit.

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