It’s well known that music can lift our spirits; but now science has shown it also has a physical effect on our bodies. As we listen, music works on the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for controlling blood pressure and heartbeat as well as the limbic system, responsible for feelings and emotions. A review of 23 studies involving almost 1,500 people found music helped to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety in heart disease patients. Music can benefit our psychological wellbeing too. Research from the University of Missouri, published in The Journal Of Positive Psychology, found for the first time that upbeat music could have a very positive effect on our wellbeing.