John Lennon once claimed that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. A recent study found that he may be right—that music is the most important influencer in the formation of young people’s identities—it’s even more important than religion.
Biologists determined that music activates the part of the brain that governs optimism, making it a powerful antidote to the long and sometimes difficult work of change making.
Political scientists found that artists engaged in activism can help their fans feel connected to an issue, and to feel that they can make a difference—the two most important aspects to convincing someone to take action.
Psychologists have found that humor helps shift perspectives, gives courage and strength to find new sources of meaning and hope, and unites people during difficult times.