It’s a fact: making music is good for you!
There's evidence that expressing yourself through sound can make you happy
In one recent study by the University College London, a group of people using mental health services were offered weekly drumming lessons alongside their normal treatment.
After 10 weeks of drumming, depression fell by 38% compared to a group without access to the classes. Researchers noticed significant decreases in anxiety too. It might sound paradoxical, but banging loudly on a drum could be a good way to induce inner calm. Scientists have also noticed dips in negative feelings for over 60s taking up singing lessons.
And although some researchers warn that we should be wary of wallowing in sad music, making music of any kind tends to make people happier.
Regular engagement with music creation has been linked to the longevity of positive thoughts.