My wife will sometimes comment on how I can’t stop listening to music at any time and any place. Something always needs to be playing whether I’m at home, on the road, on the beach, at a hotel, etc. It’s not a nuisance but an observation.  I don’t know, I can’t help it, it just feels better to be somewhere when music is playing, it just feels like a better time that way.

Now I don’t know if you are like me, but sometimes when I hear a piece of music that I really enjoy I get a cold chill shoot down my spine. It is a very good feeling that lasts for about a second or two, and it always goes down the middle of my back.  I always wondered what that really was.

I found that many scientific studies have concluded that listening to music does in fact produce positive reactions in humans that can be compared to those experienced while having sex, eating good food or ingesting a drug for example.  Music is in fact, a pleasurable experience to humans.

But I found it really interesting (according to one study) to learn that the chills I feel are actual physiological reactions that my body is having.  Pretty freakin cool if you ask me.

Here is a scientific study article done on the “spine chiller” sensation I describe, if you are up to some nerdy reading:

Intensely pleasurable responses to music

So that shudder you get when that bassline drops or that chorus kicks in is just your brain pumping out some  dopamine into your system.  I didn’t realize I am one of those people lucky enough to be programmed this way.

So the next time you feel like lighting up that crack pipe put it down and turn on some tunes! Its much healthier that way, and almost just as pleasurable.