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Making Music: The Most Fun You Can Have Exercising Your Brain

Are you dancing yet?

Last week, in our study of brain health strategies to prevent the onset of dementia, we talked about the amazing brain benefits of dancing. (If you missed it, take a minute to go back and read it. I’ll wait here.)

Were you surprised by that?

Wait until we talk about this week’s strategy.

Who knew there were things you could do to stimulate the neurons of your brain that could be so much fun?

Making Music For Your Brain

This week, I want to take it another step further. Learning to play a musical instrument is one of the most fun AND most powerful things you can do with your brain. 

Here’s the funny thing: while I was preparing to write this, I saw this video from TED Education (the people who produce the TED Talks). It perfectly summarizes everything I was going to say, and it’s a cute way to explain it.

Isn’t that great? Think of all the great things this does for your brain:

  • Learning a new skill creates new synaptic tracks in your brain.
  • Music stimulates multiple areas of your brain at once, including organization, speech, emotion, and logic. Remember the Baby Einstein videos back in the 1990s? The concept was that classical music had positive growth effects on babies’ brains.
  • Hand-eye coordination simulates the inter-connective areas of the brain.

Soul and Spirit, Too

Plus, music is good for the soul, as well as the spiritual side of you (every human has a spiritual side). Also, making music is like speaking another language that everyone on earth can understand. There are so many great things going on when you play an instrument.

Now, realize…I’m not telling you that you need to become so proficient at an instrument that you get invited to play at Artis Naples. Of course, I would buy a ticket to watch you perform if you do, but that’s not the point.

The point is that the joy of making music and the brain-building power of playing an instrument is its own reward, no matter your age. The only one who ever has to hear it is you (but I bet you have some friends and family members who would be thrilled to listen). You are never too young or too old to learn to make music. And to the extent that it strengthens your brain against the decay of dementia, it is worth the effort to learn.

Who Do You Know That Needs This?

There is probably someone in your life who is concerned about dementia – either for themselves or for someone they care about. Please take a few seconds to share this article on your favorite social media channel. It might make all the difference in the world for them.

And it might make your world a little more musical.

“At the end of your FEELINGS is NOTHING. At the end of your PRINCIPLES is a PROMISE.”  — Eric Thomas

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