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20 May, 2024.

The Family Counseling Center Highlights Impact of Live Music on Overall Well-being

The Family Counseling Center is highlighting the impact social events, especially live music, can have on overall mental well-being.

This Memorial Weekend, many of us will be out and about visiting family, gathering with friends, celebrating the memory of veterans at local parades, and listening to live music. Live music can actually have a positive impact on mental health including:

  • Attending live music events can provide an emotional outlet, allowing individuals to express and release feelings. Singing along or dancing can release stress and tension from the body.
  • Sharing a live music experience with others fosters social connection which is a crucial aspect of overall mental well-being. It can reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, promoting a sense of belonging and community.
  • Live music has been shown to reduce stress levels and increase the production of endorphins. The experience of being surrounded by music can help listeners be in the present moment and not think about their worries.
  • Live music encourages mindfulness, as it requires listeners to be fully present and engaged in the moment. This mindfulness can enhance self-awareness and promote relaxation, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression.

“We can all recall a song or a concert experience that has truly spoken to us,” said Peter Lawrence, Deputy Executive Director of The Family Counseling Center. “In the moment our joy is a communal one, shared by everyone at the music venue, but even the act of recalling the experience of a concert can have a powerful impact on our mental health. It brings that joy back and releases stress. Our ability to take advantage of such a rich musical environment like Fulton and Montgomery Counties builds not only overall wellbeing but a community network to rely upon when times get tough.”

“The Glove’s 518 Concert Series focuses on bringing both established and emerging artists to our stage,” said Kathleen Evers Perrott, President of The Glove Theatre Board of Directors. “We think it is important to support and showcase local artists – and there are so many talented musicians and bands in the 518 right now. Alex Torres’s 12-piece orchestra creates a great experience for everyone, even children and we are excited to share it with the community. To encourage families to join us for this event, admission for students under 18 will be free!”