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Music – The 'Feel Good Factor'

By cara

What is the 'Feel Good Factor?' and how does it effect? The answer is know by all but the fact is that the definiton of the 'Feel Good Factor' is not restricted to just something which makes you feel happy, it extends to being something that directly affects the most essential organ of your body – The Heart.

One of the major sources of the 'Feel Good Factor' is music and doctors claim that listening to music you love or hate can have a physical impact on our heart.

According to a study, conducted by Dr Mike Miller, playing your favourite songs can increase your blood circulation. In fact, it gives you the same effect as going to the gym.

In the research, revealed that listening to joyful songs widened blood vessels and enhances healthy blood flow, similar to the one observed with aerobic activity. The opposite was noticed when music participants didn't like was played.

Miller said: "We know that stress can cause blood vessels to tighten, but we wanted to see if they would open up when music people enjoyed was played. We thought we would see an increase in blood flow in the volunteers, but we didn't think it would be so high."

The findings" thus conclude that enjoyable music can promote higher blood flow, which could lead to lower cholesterol, reduced inflammation and lessen the risk of blood clots in Heart. In short, Good Music = Good Heart.
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Story first published: Monday, April 12, 2010, 11:57 [IST]
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