Music has been around for as long as humanity can remember. It is used mainly for celebratory and leisure purposes but was never really tested for anything deeper than that until just a few years ago a scientific study revealed that music actually makes a strong impact on the way we think and feel throughout the whole day. In the last century, elevator music and store music was introduced into our society. The reason for this addition was not for decoration and ambience motives, but because it has a more significant effect on us, the consumers. The study that supports background music in stores, elevators and even waiting rooms states that depending on the tune that is being played, people listening to it can react in different ways. For example, there was approximately a 35% increase in purchases in a store that had happy music in the background. This is a significant change for a small business and it also demonstrates that music plays a powerful role in our psychology without us realizing its effects. This is why more studies have taken place and have introduced new, even more, useful uses for melodies in a work zone or public area.
Recently researchers have released a study that showed an increase in cooperation and creativity in a working area with happy music, which can be identified by having rhythm and warmth and not arrhythmic and loud songs. The reason for this logic is that upbeat music makes our body release small amounts of a chemical in our brains that promote happiness and good moods called dopamine. In other words, workers that are in a good mood are capable of accomplishing more tasks. Not only has it been proven to be a motivator for getting things done faster, but it also encourages better quality work. In a regular work meeting, there will eventually be some sort of silence that creates a tense environment for everybody in the room. Music, on the other hand, fills in those silent gaps in the meeting and, in a way, breaks the ice so that work can progress smoothly with maximum comfort.
Startup businesses are beginning to use this trick to promote comfort and lessen stress in the work area because independent companies tend to require more work from smaller personnel. On the long run, it is predicted that productivity in these companies that make good use of happy music will tend to be more successful with higher payouts than the ones that do not utilize music as their main motivator in their workspaces. There are many playlists on the most popular music players such as Spotify and Apple Music that provide this sort of melodies without repetition which, by the way, has contrary effects to motivation and increases stress in a working environment. In other words: background music is great but when it becomes too repetitive, you can forget about all of the good things about it.
More benefits can be recollected from having background music in nearly any occasion because music is and has always been our companion throughout history.