What do the most charismatic people have in common with music? Quite a lot, actually.

Think of the most charming people you know. These people seem to universally possess the magical ability to brighten any room, uplift any mood and take on the world with ease. Being around these people just feels so good when you’re with them, and their energy is infectious.

Similarly, music also has vast therapeutic potential. The idea of music for healing is not new. The Ancient Greeks had one god, Apollo, for both music and medicine. The Greek physician, Hippocrates, is said to have played music to help treat his patients. The 17th century playwright, William Cosgrave once said,

“Music hath charms to soothe a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.”

The world of science is finally catching up to what humans have known all along: music heals. The power of music became clear after the technological advancement of non-invasive neuro-imaging, and today our modern concept of music has vast applications.  It has been used to aid soldiers suffering physical and emotional trauma after World War I and II, where musicians would travel to hospitals to play for veterans.  Music is used in schools to improve social behaviors and enhance focus and attention.

The charm of music is vast. Let’s celebrate the profound power and reach of music this month by tuning into our Charm themed October playlist. I’ve curated a list of songs to fill you with delightful, charming vibes all month long.  Tune in below and follow our music channel for the coolest songs curated by theme and activity.

Jamie Pabst is the CS music editor, NYC-based DJ and music-tech entrepreneur.

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