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Bring Live Music To Your Work Place

You will be doing everyone a favour by significantly reducing stress levels

There is never enough time. Why is a day only 24 hours long? By the time we have arisen, freshened up, had breakfast, travelled to work, slaved for most of the day, and returned home, there are precious few minutes left over for what many of us really want to do: play music. It drives some people to despair: when oh when (they say to themselves) am I going to get a life?

Now here is the upside: imagine combining your passion for music making with going to work. I don’t mean becoming a professional musician, I mean bringing live music into the workplace; taking your guitar in and playing away at the lunch break could be just the beginning. You could create your own band of like-minded enthusiasts on diverse instruments right there! I jest not.

Consider this: according to The American Institute of Stress “numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades”. At the same time an authoritative investigation by Dr. Barry Bittman discovered that “playing a musical instrument reverses multiple elements of the human stress response on the genomic level (Medical Science Monitor Feb. 2005).” His team included researchers from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Applied Biosystems, the developer of the original technology that led to the successful mapping of the human genome announced in June, 2000.

There you have it: starting a music group at work could lower stress levels significantly. According to a Music at Work programme “the more we can ‘play’, have fun and revitalise, the harder and more efficiently we’ll work. Recreational music making has been scientifically proven to reduce employee stress and depression, and improve employee retention. Not only that, it encourages greater interaction, deeper relationships both with colleagues and between junior and senior staff, and creative problem solving.”

This all sounds very fine and dandy. And to think you could start off this laudable process yourself in your own workplace with a mere strum at lunchtime. Go for it!

7th June 2014, London

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