Music has been used to calm, connect, increase focus, soothe pain, and so much more. In Episode 50 of The Positively Living Podcast, Tim Ringgold shares the science behind how music affects the brain and how you can use music to increase productivity and reduce stress. 

Do you have a favorite song or band? How about a go-to Playlist? Have you ever played songs to get you through a tough time or to relax or celebrate? Or maybe to work out or work on a project?  Using music to soothe is universal, from lullabies to spas, but did you know that it can change how you experience pain? I’ve known intuitively that music helps reduce stress and increase focus and much, much more but I wanted to have a conversation that goes beyond anecdotes. The power of music is undeniable and my guest today shares some incredible stories and even more impressive science behind it all.

Tim Ringgold is a board certified music therapist, columnist, author, host of the Reduce Your Stress podcast and the Stress Elimination Summit. He has provided music therapy to thousands of teens and adults to help them lower anxiety and reduce pain. Tim is also an award winning international speaker, having shared the stage with some of the top minds on music, the brain, and personal development, including Tony Robbins. Tim was the first person to give a TEDx talk on music therapy in 2012. Tim is also a former Regional President of the American Music Therapy Association.

He shares his story so openly today, talking about truly dark times in his life and how music saved him. Now he’s dedicated to helping others reach for music in their toughest times. What we talk about today validates what I think we already know and encourages us to find ways to benefit from music. I’ve always been one to intuitively connect to music. I happen to play instruments and consider myself musically inclined, but what I love about Tim’s message is that none of that matters. As humans, we are wired to express ourselves musically and we can do that in so many ways. Let’s join Tim to find out how, 

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