Studies have shown that when we listen to music, our brains release dopamine. It makes us happy. In one study published in Nature Neuroscience, led by Zatorre, researchers found that dopamine release is strongest when a piece of music reaches an emotional peak and the listener feels chills the spine tingling sensation of excitement and awe. That may explain why we like music.
I use music to relax or to distract myself from my emotional triggers. I also listen to music when I exercise, which helps me to focus too. It made total sense when I read this research. Music appears to be a common accompaniment to exercise, whether in the gym, park, or street. Nikol et al. in South East Asia explore the potential physical benefits of synchronous exercise to music, especially in hot and humid conditions. Their randomized crossover study reports that “time to exhaustion” under the synchronous music condition was longer compared to the no-music condition for the same participants. In addition, perceived exertion was significantly lower, by an average of 22% during the synchronous condition.
It is the path to self-expression. One of the ways to show love is through music. So many songs are about love, break-ups, brotherhood, revenge, etc. Music is how humans express themselves.