Do you listen to music while you work? If not, there’s plenty of compelling research that suggests you should. Here are some great reasons to add a soundtrack to your workday.
It improves your mood: Listening to music you love causes your brain to release dopamine, a hormone that is related to feelings of reward and pleasure. And if you sing along, your brain can also release oxytocin, the same hormone that is used in parent/child bonding – sometimes called the “cuddle” hormone.
It helps you achieve flow: “Flow” is when you get lost in a task and become intensely focused. Music helps you block out everything else and get in the zone, and the type of music you listen to can make a difference. Some people prefer instrumentals so that the lyrics don’t distract them.
It makes work less boring: We’ve all got elements of our job that we put off because they’re dull or repetitive. Popping your favourite playlist on in the background can make even the most mind-numbing tasks more enjoyable.
It helps you to be more creative: Music inspires us and sparks our imagination. Specifically, happy music triggers the kind of thinking patterns in the brain that are required for creativity.
If you use a music app like Spotify, Apple Music or Google Play, why not create a special playlist for work? You might be surprised by the results!