Shares 5 Ways to Lift
LAKE CITY, June 21, 2022 /CNW/ -- With the World Day
of Music today, one musician-turned-CEO offers five insights for
music to lift moods, calm stress, increase harmony and help people
get through the day, as more workers return to onsite jobs.
"When I was young, I lived music down to my bones, and harmonies
played constantly in my head," said Kevin
Guest, chairman and CEO of USANA Health Sciences (NYSE:
USNA). "That passion for music has carried me through the
best and worst of times. Music has the power to buoy you up, to
calm nerves and to realize there is something better out there for
us each day."
Guest, who also plays in his touring band, The Free Radicals,
draws on music-related experiences in his bestselling book, All
the Right Reasons: 12 Timeless Principles for Living a Life in
Harmony, to help others find harmony and improve their lives
"My choice of music directly relates to how I feel. I listen to
a variety of music to help boost my mood," said Guest. "Soft music
relaxes me when I feel overwhelmed. Upbeat music infuses me with
"I play music in my car to start my day off right. I play music
in my office during the day. Music lifts my spirit and keeps me
motivated. When situations require me to pause and reflect, I use
music to quiet my mind, dissolve stress and restore a sense of
stability and normalcy."
Along with selecting music to boost moods, to calm the mind, and
to recall memories from an earlier point in life, Guest says
dancing to music has positive physical effects.
"When our band performs, we see scores of people dancing to the
music. What does that say?" he said. "That means the music moves
them, that it affects them in a positive way. In fact, every person
I see dancing is smiling, which lifts their mood and ours."
Beyond the instant physical benefits of dancing, studies show
regular dancing improves brain function. Listening to favorite
music can also instantly remind workers about the value of
"In music, harmony happens when notes blend in a way that is
pleasing to the ear," wrote Guest in his bestselling book. "When
notes are out of harmony, those dissonant sounds are hard to listen
to. Think of the last time you heard someone sing out of key or
heard a jumble of incongruent notes. It's horrible.
"But getting into the flow of harmonious music invites you to
naturally get into the flow of teamwork with coworkers, which makes
you more productive and feel more accomplished."
Launched in Paris in 1982, the
World Day of Music each June 21
celebrates music's power to bring people together, transcend
borders and break barriers. The celebration is designed to make
music more inclusive, encourage more interaction with all types of
tunes and resonate with feelings better than words can.
A sought-after international speaker, Guest shares more insight
on music and harmony in his book, where all proceeds are directed
to feed two million meals to hungry children. Available
on Amazon, All the Right Reasons provides 40 meals for
each single purchase. For more information,
Tim Brown, Candid Communications
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