New research shows music triggers feel-good responses in the brain. Researchers at McGill University say music triggers the same responses that humans get from food, sex and illicit drugs.

The feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine is released when listening to your favorite music. And the more pleasing the music is to the ear, the more intensely pleasurable the experience is for the body. The research shows why music has always been so important throughout history and cultures. Robert Zatorre, McGill’s leading researcher, said, “If you are hooked on music, it won’t cause you to waste away, it won’t give you health problem. On the contrary, it probably enhances your health.”