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As I sat in my seat at the Martin Woldson Theater, I couldn’t help but close my eyes, and sink deeper into my seat. Wafting to my ears from the stage came the strains of the timeless Beethoven Pastoral Symphony. As this masterpiece progressed through each succeeding movement, I relaxed and truly tasted a bit of what heaven will be like.

I find classical music soothing, and also enjoyable. But not everyone shares this view on classical music. “Classical music?” they say, “How slow and dull!” In fact, with the people I have come across, many have a negative view of classical music. Who would waste time listening to it anyway? Well, think again. Believe it or not, you can gain amazing health benefits from listening to classical music! Here are just a few of them.

Studies show that listening to quiet classical music preceding bedtime can help you fall asleep sooner. A particular study done on a group of college students showed that listening to forty-five minutes of classical music before bedtime improved their ability to fall asleep.

Lower Blood Pressure

Have high blood pressure? Turn on some Brahms. A study by the University of San Diego found that after listening to classical music, people had lower blood pressure. An article in the Journal of Clinical Nursing also stated that after listening to a thirty-minute CD of classical music pregnant women had reduced levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

And haven’t we all heard that listening to Mozart can raise your IQ? Though it has not been proven to significantly improve your IQ long-term, listening to Mozart has been shown to improve short-term performance, especially on brain taxing activity. Have some Calculus to tackle? Turn on some Mozart!

There are many genres of music to pick from, and not all of them are a good choice. In fact, many genres can degrade our health. So how do we choose? Philippians 4:8 encourages us, “ Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

As we fill our iPods or our iTunes, let’s choose music that is pure and of good report. And most of all ask, “What music would I picture listening to with my best Friend Jesus?”

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By Brenna Rittenour. Copyright © 2013 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW KING JAMES VERSION © 1982.

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