Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.
There’s even more good news!
The nostalgic feeling you get from old songs you enjoyed in the past can help as well. If you find yourself recalling a fond memory and wishing you could recapture that moment, give in. It may give you the boost you need to deal with a current challenge, or to simply feel better — not just about your past or present, but also about your future.
Based on an August 2013 study published by Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Erica Hepper, Ph.D., a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey in England, and her colleagues showed that nostalgia can produce increased optimism about the future. Nostalgia is much more than mere reminiscing; it’s a warm and fuzzy feeling that we feel when we think about fond memories from our past. “When we experience nostalgia we tend to feel happier, have higher self-esteem, feel closer to loved ones and feel that life has more meaning.