We all know music is powerful. It can make us feel better, burst into tears, smile uncontrollably, dance like a maniac, and, according to a recent study, improve our love lives.
In a study called Music Makes it Home, the wireless audio company Sonos surveyed 30,000 people in eight different countries to get some insight into their relationships with music. Then the company used that info for an experiment with Daniel Levitin, PhD, neuroscientist and author of This Is Your Brain on Music, to analyze what the effect of listening to music out loud (as opposed to with headphones) had on 30 different households around the world. Their conclusion after one week? Music definitely changes the way we connect with those we love.
Aside from being linked to families spending more time together ("music-heavy" households in the United States spent four and a half more hours together each week than families that rarely listened to music out loud at home), making food taste better, and making people feel more inspired, listening to music also had a big effect on intimacy. So crank up the music this weekend — you're in for a pleasant surprise.