Why These Playlists Are Good for Your Brain
The power of music is undeniable. It can change your mood and emotions, it can raise you from your seat and onto the dance floor, it can make even the dullest task an enjoyable one. It can help you sleep and manage stress. And it can even help regulate blood pressure and heart rate. In June 2020, AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health released a report on the connection between music and brain health and recommended that people listen to music, play (or learn to play) music, sing, and dance or exercise to music.
And while the positive effects are plenty, sometimes the absolute breadth of music available leads many of us to stop exploring and rely on our old standbys. And while listening to music that you know and like tends to cause the strongest response in the brain, trying out new music — and finding new favorites — will also engage your brain. It’s win-win.
To help you find new artists you’ll love and to remind you of the ones you haven’t listened to in a long time, we’ve created Members Only Access Spotify playlists, where we bring you a new musician-curated playlist every month — made just for AARP members. These intimate stories dive into the music a musician listens to, and how that made them the artists they are today. Enjoy.
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