The Goddess Playlist

It's almost impossible to find someone who doesn't feel a strong connection to music. Even if you can't carry a tune or play an instrument, you can probably reel off a list of songs that evoke happy memories and raise your spirits. Surgeons have long played their favorite music to relieve stress in the operating room, and extending music to patients has been linked to improved surgical outcomes. In the past few decades, music has played an increasing role in all facets of healing. But, here are some things you may not know about the power in music:

1) When we listen to music our brain releases dopamine which is a feel-good chemical essential for the healthy functioning of the central nervous system; it has effects on emotion, perception, and movement.

2) Research shows music therapy may be helpful for people who've experienced trauma – from witnessing atrocities on the battlefield to being sexually abused – and those with PTSD. According to a review published last year in the journal Psychomusicology, "music therapy may be a useful therapeutic tool to reduce symptoms and improve functioning among individuals with trauma exposure."

3) Happy lyrics help us to think positively. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” anyone?

4) Music lifts mood, reduces anxiety, raises motivation and helps combat insomnia and depression. A recent study by Stanford University shows that depressed patients gain self-esteem and their mood improves after music therapy.

5) Music can trigger associated memories transporting you back to special occasions.

6) Music physically heals – yes really. It can produce direct biological changes, such as reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and cortisol levels.

Whatever the reason you listen to music, I hope it makes you remember the goddess that you are.

In honor of that, here is a goddess playlist I created on Spotify just for you. ENJOY!!

Priya Lakhi