Scientists Claim This Song Is Proven to Reduce Anxiety by 65 Percent – Listen

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by Anna Hunt

Scientists discover that listening to the song “Weightless” by Marconi Union can results in a striking 65 percent reduction in a person’s overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.

The Anxiety Pandemic

“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” ~ Arthur Somers Roche

Anxiety is a growing pandemic in our society. The mainstream solution is a trip to the psychiatrist and an indefinite prescription for pharmaceuticals. As a result, many anxiety sufferers find themselves dependent on psychotropic drugs but still searching for relief.

Because of this, it begs the question if a pharmaceutical solution even works. Many believe that treating anxiety with a holistic approach may be more effective than expensive, addictive and sometimes even dangerous psychotropic drugs. Holistic alternatives range from treating anxiety with foods that fight inflammation, to exercise, yoga, and meditation. People also like to use age-old tricks for calming nerves, such as breath exercises.

Music is Effective at Reducing Anxiety

Music therapy is already an accepted alternative therapy for stress and pain management. It has also been shown to help improve immune support system function. Historically, indigenous cultures have used sound to enhance physical and mental well-being, as well as enrich spiritual experiences.

Now, neuroimaging has proven that playing music can substantially reduce anxiety. Scientists in the UK have identified what can be called the most relaxing song on earth song. By playing the song “Weightless” by Manchester trio Marconi Union, these researchers reduced anxiety by 65 percent in individuals who participated in their clinical study. Have a listen:

Science Discovers the Most Relaxing Song on Earth

Researchers at Mindlab International, led by clinical psychologist Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson, were commissioned to find out which song is the most effective at helping someone to relax. They played songs by Enya, Mozart and Coldplay, among many others, to 40 participating women.

The researchers discovered that the song “Weightless” resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates. Dr. Lewis-Hodgson stated:

“The results clearly show that the track induced the greatest relaxation – higher than any of the other music tested.”

“Brain imaging studies have shown that music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions.”

Sound therapist Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, explains the process of how the song affects the body:

“[The song] contains a sustaining rhythm that starts at 60 beats per minute and gradually slows to around 50.”

“While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat.”

“It is important that the song is eight minutes long because it takes about five minutes for this process, known as entrainment, to occur.”

The study was conducted on participants who were asked to solve difficult puzzles, as quickly as possible, while connected to sensors. Participants listened to different songs while researchers measured brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, and the rate of breathing.

Anxiety and Overall Health

Lowering anxiety can be one of the most important steps a person can take towards improving overall health and well-being. Stress can increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease, depression, gastrointestinal ailments, asthma, and even obesity. It can also exacerbate these problems if they are preexisting.

Furthermore, researchers continue to discover that anxiety and stress can be fatal. Here are the findings published in a 2015 working paper out of Harvard and Stanford Business Schools:

The paper found that health problems stemming from job stress, like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and decreased mental health, can lead to fatal conditions that wind up killing about 120,000 people each year—making work-related stressors and the maladies they cause, more deadly than diabetes, Alzheimer’s, or influenza.

Top 10 Songs for Helping Reduce Anxiety

Here’s the full list of the top 10 relaxing songs discovered by Mindlab International during their research.

1.  “We Can Fly,” by Rue du Soleil (Café Del Mar)

2.  “Canzonetta Sull’aria,” by Mozart

3.  “Someone Like You,” by Adele

4.  “Pure Shores,” by All Saints

5.  “Please Don’t Go,” by Barcelona

6.  “Strawberry Swing,” by Coldplay

7.  “Watermark,” by Enya

8.  “Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix),” by DJ Shah

9.  “Electra,” by Airstream

10. “Weightless,” by Marconi Union

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  • G’ma G

    George Winston’s piano version of Pachabel’s Cannon always works for me.

    • marlene

      It was lovely. Thank you so much. I also like Enya, especially her “Only Time”

      • Marten

        David Lynch was awesome too…

        • marlene

          Thanks – I’ll check him out, although he does sound familiar.

  • Lynn

    I must be weird….I didn’t like “Weightless”…did not find it relaxing at all…

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      No, you are most assuredly NOT ‘weird’. You have an appreciation for music that must be more than a one-chord “musical om mantra”, of which THIS garbage most assuredly IS. Tree-hugger trance-out modal-droning sonic BOREDOM is the order of the day in this realm, and these jackassed libbiots can HAVE IT. Anything resembling a chord progression, or even a chord CHANGE, is verboten, and god forbid there actually being anything remotely resembling a melody…….

      • Lynn

        lol! thank you!

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Hey, I dunno if you’d be interested, but I can give you a link to some of my toonage that I at least, call ‘relaxing’. It’s a legit ‘site, if you’ve never heard of it, but I don’t really like how they set up the pages. Ennyhoo, it’s:
          https://www.reverbnation.com/bearbonesproductions — BUT, you have to click on either “Music” at nearly the top of the page next to “Overview”, or “All Music” under the list of the first five or six tunes listed. Btw, don’t be put off by the first listed toon; it’s a joke. Honest. The 2nd tune is NOT a joke, also btw. Once you’re on the long page of songs, scroll waaay down (we have a LOT of very varied stuff on there, feel free to browse) to “Hey, We Luv Ya”, one of my favorite acoustic ‘mellow-romp’ toons. It’s fourth from the bottom of the list. Fifth, and directly above is “For Bucky”, my ode to my four-legged boy that died nearly five years ago(!!! Time FLIES). That’s a pic of him in the photos up top; my border collie crossmutt just a few weeks before he went. He’s 15 and a half in that pic, a LOT for a Border Collie. While the toon is a little too bouncy & sprightly for relaxation music per se, it’s all about the fact that I think I really nailed his personality in a song, and the lead melody line was improvised on the spot, to boot. He was my Happy Boy, and the songs’ bittersweetness comes from the never-ending missing him, even to this day….Sorry to boob on ya. Please enjoy my music. It’s the most heartfelt stuff I’ve ever managed to get set in stone……..Thanx, Lynn.

          • Lynn

            Thanks! I’m familiar with Reverbnation ‘cos my husband’s nephew has put his music on there.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            Great! Got a link to his music? I’d love to check it out!

          • Lynn

            no, but his name is Tory Bailey.

          • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

            From Tennessee? Country artist? That Tory Bailey? If so, he’s GREAT! And playing some high-profile gigs too, I might add. He’s pretty impressive; you should be very rightfully proud of him. Thanks for turning me on to some great music on ‘verbnation! There’s a LOT of crapola on there……..

          • Lynn

            Yes, that’s him! And, thanks, again!

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    • MelissaW

      Same with me … not relaxing at all.

    • Nicknope

      Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata does it for me every time. He is magnificent. I couldn’t get past a full minute of Weightless.

      • Lynn

        me either! I tried twice to listen to it and had to turn it off.

    • I_P_Frehley

      That’s why I listen to Black Sabbath…

      • Lynn

        lol! me, too, back in the day! I still have two old albums.

  • Synickel
    • marlene

      I like this a lot. Thank you. I also like Falco.

  • marlene

    It didn’t work for me – perhaps because I don’t smoke weed??

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      Trust me on this one, Marlene:
      Weedheads come up with WAAAAYYYY more interesting stuff than THIS skull-pablum. And whatever crap THESE lost cats are smokin’ AIN’T WEED.

      • marlene

        LOL!

      • It is not Paranoia

        It’s hilarious how this relaxing song makes you so angry!

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          No, what is hilarious is your perception of what a “song” really is. And this one-note dirge of dumb ain’t a “song”. But by all means, whatever boats your float. However, it would REALLY help in your future interactions with others if you could actually try (for ONCE in your “life”) to learn what anger really is. You have been pathetically sheeplized to the point of utter uselessness, and don’t even know it, because of your so-called ”enlightenment”. You’ve been HAD. AGAIN.

          • It is not Paranoia

            I have no idea what you’re talking about, but you sure don’t seem calm hehe.

  • Bill C

    Try this:

  • Bill C

    Debussy

  • John

    you’ve got to be kidding. Some of which is such crap, especially the highlighted ‘Weightless’. it made me irritated forcing me to reduce the volume at least 3 times. now mozart. That’s a different story.

  • Gene

    The video made the music,

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      BINGO!!!!