Why do we listen to music? Because it is an incredibly powerful creation that runs through our system and can physically transform the wiring of our brains. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. It can put you right in the feels, reduce you to tears or get you dancing off of your feet.
But for some of us music goes even deeper, and our whole body reacts to it. If music literally sends shivers down your spine, then you have a really unique brain and personality trait!
Shivers Down Your Spine
Think of your favorite song. Ask yourself “why do you like it so much?” Maybe it’s nostalgic, maybe it’s fun or it just makes you feel good. Whatever the case, it makes you feel something that goes beyond your sense of hearing and speaks directly to your wiring. It can speak to you so profoundly that it makes your body shiver.
Mitchell Colve,r a science writer, explains: “The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a ‘skin orgasm.'” It basically feels like you’re making love to the music.