Since the dawn of humankind, people have both knowingly and unknowingly shared a common frustration that when left unresolved leaves many in tears, single and friendless.
Humans long to be heard and appreciated, and the simple act of listening, or lack thereof, is often the deciding factor in sustaining a thriving relationship. Just Google “common relationship problems” and you’ll no doubt find millions of articles, posts and memes addressing the issue of communication as the main source of their ills, and let’s face it, few of us are ever awarded the best listener superlative in the high school yearbook.
Fortunately, a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience offers hope to your significant other sitting next to you. Although it may be too late for some to solve their listening misfortune, there are steps that can be taken to help future communicators avoid the same fate. According to the study, music training earlier in life can result in positive effects on speech listening skills for older adults.
This is good news considering it presents a simpler solution to mending potential break-ups than wasting hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars per couple on therapists. It also presents a break for business owners looking to hire employees more adept at communication in the coming years. In the long run, funding music education could mean less of the company’s finances being spent on corporate trainers and team building trips, while making musically-rooted applicants more marketable.
So, are you starting to regret faking a fever to get out of those childhood piano lessons yet?
Countless social interactions in a single day and the pressure to adjust to various communication styles can logically erode most people’s ability to listen well. Since research shows that listening skills naturally decline over a lifespan, musical training then is key to preventing this inevitable setback.
Of course, children need parents cheering from the stands in their childhood, but more parents should consider investing in music lessons and a few music recitals too. If this research proves true, then the investment in Johnny and Sally’s screeching violin practice will ensure their success with future relationships and employment.