Five Ways to Incorporate Music into Your Life
Need an inner soundtrack? Here's how.
We've been told since we were children that music is an important element in our lives. We've been told it can make us smarter, healthier, even make us live longer! But with most Americans inundated with demands from their work and families, who has the time to simply sit back and listen to music? The answer: no one. But with these simple ideas, you can incorporate music into your daily routine - and feel happier and more motivated because of it. Here's how:
1. Turn on the radio! It sounds so simple, but I can't count how many times I've ridden with someone who refuses to turn on their radio. Aside from providing music for literally every taste, the radio can fill in those awkward silences when you run out of conversation. Turning on the radio is a must if you want to get a good dose of music during the day.
2. Bring your iPod to the gym. Another simple yet often overlooked chance to incorporate music into your daily routine. Just put the headphones on and spend an hour of workout-induced bliss listening to the beat of your favorite rock band. Music is a great motivator for the beggining athlete, and can help keep more experienced exercisers from getting bored.
3. Bring a CD to work. This idea was actually brought up by one of my friends who has tried this in her office and really enjoyed the results. Every cubicle-dweller gets bored at some point during the day, and having a CD of your favorite music on hand can help re-energize your attitude. The trick here is to encourage coworkers to brin CDs of their favorite music and then exchange CDs for the day. You get to experience new music without the cost of buying the CD - and you get a glimpse into your co-workers' minds!
4. Do a musical date. No, this does not mean you and your date have to sing, or even that you have to go to a 'musical'. But think about it - good music creates good atmosphere, which is essential to a good date. Consider taking your date to a concert, if that is what he/she likes. Or, for something more casual, try a coffeehouse with live jazz, or a bar that provides live music. If you have good music, you're guaranteed to have a good date!
5. Energize your wake-up routine! Many alarm clock/radio/CD players or Mp3 player clocks have the option of setting your alarm to music instead of the monotonous beeping of an alarm. My advice - try it. Set your alarm to an upbeat song and turn the volume up. You'll wake up feeling happy and ready for anything!
Modern Americans don't always have time to kick back and enjoy music like we would like to, but these suggestions show that you don't have to have extra time in order to fit music into your life. Simply add music to activities that you do already and feel the difference it makes in your attitude and appreciation of your surroundings.