Musicians’ High

This article is for my two musician sons.  It explains a lot!

“Jealous of the “runner’s high” serious athletes feel after an intense, vigorous workout? Well, newly published research reveals three alternative ways you can release those mood-enhancing endorphins:

“Singing, dancing, and drumming.”  source

study in Evolutionary Psychology finds that music performance appears to lead to high pain-tolerance – an effect of endorphins. “[P]eople who have just been playing music have a higher tolerance for pain—an indication their bodies are producing endorphins, which are sometimes referred to as natural opiates.” source  
Music performance created positive emotions as well, according to the researchers.

“We also confirm that music performance results in elevated positive (but not negative) affect. We conclude that it is the active performance of music that generates the endorphin high, not the music itself.”  source

So those guys who look like they’re having so much fun up there on stage?  Yes, yes they are.

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