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A Musical Cure for Covid-Related Stress and Sadness

What’s the most popular fix for the Covid-19 blues? The Italians and Spaniards who ventured out onto their balconies last March to sing and play instruments have at least part of the answer. Emerging evidence shows that the more the world gets us down, the better music feels.

So says a new study involving 1,000 participants from the U.S., Europe and Latin America. Carried out by Pablo Ripollés and Michael McPhee of New York University in collaboration with Robert Zatorre, a professor of neuroscience at McGill University, the study looked at what people considered their most effective coping mechanisms during the shelter-in-place orders at the beginning of the pandemic last spring.

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A desire for good mental health is the driving force behind our pursuit of health and wellness

Survey responses suggest that mental health is at the center of how we view and evaluate our overall health today. It not only remained the most important element of our wellbeing after the arrival of COVID-19, it significantly grew in importance. On average, young people around the world rate their health a 6.9 out of 10. When we asked them why they rated their health the way they did, mental health most frequently came up as the deciding factor. If they were satisfied with their overall health, they had taken the time to get to know themselves better and take care of themselves. Those who are struggling with their overall health often attributed it to being anxious, depressed, or feeling a lack of purpose.

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The Rise Of The Chief Wellbeing Officer

In these unprecedented times, comprehensive wellbeing (mental, emotional, physical, financial and professional) in the workplace is so important. How we support ourselves, and how we support others within our businesses – such as business partners, clients and contacts – is crucial. The good news is that companies are progressively making the care of their people a top priority.

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AARP “Explore How Music Can Promote Your Brain Health”

The Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) examined the latest evidence on how music influences brain health. Here is their final report, part of our efforts for Brain Health Awareness in June 2020, and just in time for people be able to use this information to help support their health and well-being during the pandemic. When we gathered at AARP in Washington, DC at the end of February, Dr. Sanjay Gupta moderated the lively meeting of diverse experts debating whether music-related activities could maintain or improve brain function in older adults.

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Healthware Group “Music as Medicine?”

It appears that “music as medicine” is having a moment.
From classical musicians playing for patients in hospitals, to the first FDA breakthrough designation for a music therapy solution, an in-depth report on the power of music on brain health and the launch of HealthTunes – the first solution designed to deliver therapeutic playlists – music as a healing modality seems to be catching on.

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