What is it that makes music so likeable to us? Is it because music has been woven into the fabric of our society? Music surrounds us in our everyday lives. Religion uses music as a means to express devotion. Music is used for entertainment and many activities encourage music. Music is almost always used in movies.

Music has the ability and power to influence human thoughts and behavior.It translates feelings that are .difficult to express. Music has the power to influence mood and behavior in people.It produces the feeling of suspense or excitement. This power of music has always been used in various forms for healing people.

After a stressful event, listening to calming or classical music relaxes the body and mind. Music can also induce a more positive state of mind. Music is said to be one of the most ancient healing techniques. Plato said that different types of music could be used to relax or to bring out aggressive characters in people.

Music therapy is today growing in the field of medicine. Its calming effects can help reduce anxiety and ward off the negative effects of stress. What is it about music that has such a profound effect on the human mind and body? Research has shown that music with a strong beat can stimulate brain waves to sync with the beat. The fast beat encourages sharper thinking and better concentration whereas the slower beat creates a relaxed almost meditative state.

Aditya Padgaonkar, Class 5th, Division A