You don’t need to be a professional singer, or even have a good voice, to reap the benefits of singing. This isn’t American Idol – this is life – and we have to find what makes us feel good!
I sing whenever and wherever I can. For me, singing reduces stress, tension, and anxiety. Studies show that for some people, singing even relieves their depression. The act of singing releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals. Turning words into music can be a positive outlet for stress and tension for you, too.
Believe it or not, singing is an aerobic activity, which pumps more oxygen into your blood, improves circulation, and promotes a positive mood. Proper singing requires deep breathing, which is oh so good for mental wellness. Singing (as well as dancing and drumming) has even been shown to relieve pain by triggering the release of endorphins. How cool is that?
Music evokes emotions of all kinds. Whatever those emotions may be, add some singing to them, and chances are that you’ll feel better. Singing also provides a means of self-expression. For people who can’t always find the words to express how they feel, singing offers a way for people to literally find their voice and release emotions.
Singing by yourself has great benefits, to be sure. But singing with other people, whether in a choir, a song group, or at home with friends and family, amplifies the benefits. Why? Because music brings people together and creates a sense of community. Being part of a group is a form of social support that brings about feelings of belonging and decreases isolation. The important thing is to get out and be with people. If singing isn’t your thing, you’ll get some of the same benefits from joining another type of group, such as a club of interest or a sports team.
The combination of creating and/or performing music, and the social bonds formed through these activities when in a group, is a winning composition for feelin’ good!
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