Music Makes the Mood at Home
For creating just the right atmosphere in your home sweet home, nothing beats carefully selected music. We have all experienced the powerful effects of music in our lives. Peppy songs are great when we are feeling powerful, dance music appeals to us when we feel happy, and the smooth notes of classical music suit us best when we want to relax.
Aside from television and movies, music is the most powerful form of media. Because children are particularly sensitive to the moods and messages promoted by music, parents should be careful what types of music they allow into their home. The ancient philosopher Plato spoke well when he said, “I don’t care who writes the laws. Let me write the music for one generation and I will control the world.”
Many parents of young children learn or create special songs associated with the various events in family life. For example, they use one tune for waking the children in the morning, another for transitioning them to the car for a doctor’s appointment and still another one to guide them smoothly to bath time in the evening. When used this way, music can help children view life with a sense of joy and anticipation. And joyful children are what every parent wants most, right?
Many studies have been done to show how music affects the brain. Having positive music in the home can:
- Cause the tissue in the inner linings of the blood vessels to dilate, thereby increasing blood flow
- Lower the heart rate
- Divert temper tantrums
Negative music, such as rock music, has been proven to constrict the tissues in the blood vessels, causing reduced circulation and an increase in stress levels.
For families interested in bringing a positive atmosphere into their homes, listening to positive music is a great way to start.