Study Shows Music Does Have Charms To Soothe A Savage Breast

 Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
I've read, that things inanimate have mov'd,
And, as with living Souls, have been inform'd,
By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound.

William Congreve, in The Mourning Bride, 1697

Apparently old Bill was on to something; according to a recent study listening to your favorite music can positively affect your heart health. While I am a bit leery of these sort of studies (the conclusions seem to be reversed a couple of months or years later), it's nonetheless interesting, I suppose.
The findings, presented at the European Society of Cardiology's annual congress in Amsterdam, suggested that the release of key hormones while listening to music was behind the changes.
Prof Delijanin Ilic, the lead investigator, from the Institute of Cardiology, University of Nis, Serbia, said: "When we listen to music we like then endorphins are released from the brain and this improves our vascular health. There is no 'best music' for everyone - what matters is what the person likes and makes them happy."

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