Drug of Choice: Music

When we listen to music that moves us, the kind that really compels us to connect to it, it activates the release of dopamine in the brain. These are the feel good chemicals that relate to pleasure (and addiction). Photo by Nijil Muhamme

Scientific studies show that music that is particularly engaging for its rhythm (or its surprises) help activate the brain’s chemical production of dopamine, which is why we keep coming back for more good music and dance each week.

Sure, we could call it an addiction – to music that draws us into the dance. I’ll take it as my drug of choice. After all, it keeps me moving and staying healthy.

Please pass the pleasure.

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What songs top your list of favorites for inducing happiness and good-feelings?

 

Photo Credit: Nijil Muhammed