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Imagine a week without listening.
No music, no podcasts, no dinnertime chatter with loved ones — not even a movie or your nightly TV binge.

Yes, here's a GIF of the Scarlet Witch for all you Marvel fans.

Sounds impossible? There’s a reason for it.

As a growing body of scientific research suggests, consuming culture with our ears is an essential element of the human experience. In fact, it goes one step beyond to enhance many aspects of our daily lives. 

Put another way, listening is the world’s most versatile drug. Not only does it help us feel less stressed and more productive, but the sound of music, podcasts, and other types of culture can motivate us to exercise more, spark new ideas, and even strengthen our bonds with family and friends.


“Scientists have found evidence that we are wired to perceive and enjoy music as well as to bond with each other through music,” says Daniel Mullensiefen, a professor of music psychology at Godsmiths College, University of London. “This explains why music is a ubiquitous part of the human experience, supporting the theory that music has a special, important function in our lives.”

“Music is unique in that it appeals to different psychological functions,” says Dr. Mullensiefen. “It can trigger exactly the same areas in the brain that food… and other recreational activities and drugs can trigger. It can also be physical in terms of participating, like dancing along or playing drums.”

With all that in mind, Sonos set out to prove that listening can make the world a better place.

And the Brilliant Sound Survey was birthed! In an online survey of 12,000 listeners in 12 countries around the world, Sonos and its research partners found that listening makes us

-       Less stressed
-       More creative
-       Smarter
-       More productive
-       Burst into tears
-       Laugh out loud
-       More confident
-       Have more fun

Listening, particularly to music, is reported by participants to have a significant positive effect on four key areas of life: mood, fitness, relationships, and productivity.

So, the next time you’re feeling down or in need of some motivation, put on some happy tunes and know that it’s scientifically-proven to make you feel better!

Check back for the next 4 instalments as we share more about how music can change our lives!

Adapted from the Sonos blog

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