New study shows music is effective stress reliever and mood elevator

Do you flip on your favorite tunes when you're feeling down or stressed?

Researchers are proving music can soothe the savage beast. Whether we like country or classical, be-bop or hip-hop, music hits an emotional chord.

Now studies have shown not only can music calm the savage breast, but it can also help us with stress.

"Turns out that music may be one of the best destressors, either by playing an instrument, or even listening to music," says Dr. Michael Miller of the University of Maryland Medical Center.

In a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center, people who listened to their favorite tunes found their blood vessels actually opened wider when doctors took image of their circulation.

"The inner lining of the blood vessel relaxed, opened up and produced chemicals to do this that are protective to the heart," says Dr. Miller.

Which is good for our blood pressure, our heart rate, even our mental state.

"It gives us an overall feeling of a good well being, a sense of euphoria in some cases," says Dr. Miller.

Doctors recommend when enjoying music, vary the selections. If we listen to the same song over and over again, we're going to lose the effect of the melody.

So, what is one of the top stressors in your life?

A new study shows many people say it's time spent in the car.

Sixty-five percent of 8,000 people surveyed say they are having a harder time dealing with rising gas prices, driving to work, and rude drivers.

Based on what doctors are saying about music, maybe the solution is simply switching on the radio.

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