Playing the piano is one of the greatest joys of my life. Many Sundays out of the year, I play for different churches in the area when their regular pianist is away. It’s one of my favorite hobbies, and there are so many reasons why. Here are just a few if you’re looking for that extra nudge to begin playing.

Music is known to bring you happiness. When you hear music, or you’re producing music by playing an instrument, your brain releases a chemical into your body. The chemical is dopamine. This is the chemical that is responsible, in both humans and animals, for the euphoric feeling you get when you hear a truly moving piece of music.

When you’re just learning to play, you have a much higher sense of accomplishment because no matter which way you press a key, the same sound will come from it. This is not the same when learning to play say the flute, the violin, the trumpet, and any other similar instruments that may take months of repetition and study before mastering its pleasant sound.

The piano requires no accompaniment. This incredible instrument provides both harmony and melody; but, learning to master both does require an immense amount of coordination. Once you’re able to learn this skill of multitasking, your mind will become sharper, and you’ll find yourself more focused than ever before.

We’ve all seen those movies where the family gathers around the piano during the holidays to sing a few Christmas carols, now imagine having the ability to do that with your own family. Playing the piano is a great way to entertain your loved ones. If you have little ones running around, you can entertain them with children songs. Kids have a natural love for music and a curiosity for learning which may spark a desire for them to learn the piano as well.