Boost Your Brain's Health with Loud Music [via Lifehacker]
Generally speaking, things that are good for you aren't always the most enjoyable. But there are certain cases when being 'bad' can actually help improve your health. Enjoy blasting your music, for example? Then you're in luck.
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A while back, we covered ten bad things that are good for you. Now London's The Daily Mail is chiming in with some more 'bad' habits that, if applied properly, can actually benefit you. We've already mentioned how swearing can help relieve pain, but the Mail also says that blasting loud music is a good way to stimulate your brain. (Your ear drums on the other hand? Probably not so much, so be careful!)
According to researchers at Manchester University, music fans are stimulating part of the inner ear known as the sacculus, which responds to the beat in music. This gives the brain pleasure and makes us feel good — during the music and afterwards.
[When loud music is playing,] the brain is stimulated into releasing feelgood hormones that make us calm, happy and responsive. So to trigger a dose of happy hormones on a Monday morning, you should, in theory, choose Black Sabbath over chamber music.
Just how loud should you play your tunes? The rag says that the above mentioned sacculus only responds to volumes above 90 decibels.
It's not as though we didn't already know that music can make you feel good, but who doesn't appreciate a little science backing it up? Check out the full post to learn more about how playing video games, not making your bed, and other 'bad' habits may be worth picking up.