Did you know that singing is good for you? It's true! Over the past decade a number of studies have been conducted in multiple countries including USA, Canada, Sweden, Australia, Germany and the UK. Their findings have been consistent: there are numerous health benefits to lifting your voice in song. By the way, it doesn't matter if you feel like you can't carry a tune...your own health will benefit from singing on a regular basis.
People who sing with others experience a wide range of physical and emotional benefits. Here are just a few:
Singing releases endorphins, which make you feel instantly happier, and will also help to relieve pain.
When you sing you also release oxytocin, which is a natural stress reliever and is found to also alleviate feelings of depression and loneliness. And, you'll also sleep better, as a result of being less stressed.
Tests have shown that singing improves heart rate variability (helps it to beat more slowly and regularly).
Singing increases lung capacity and stimulates circulation as much as, and perhaps more than, some types of strenuous exercise. It's actually a very good workout and you don't get sore muscles! You'll work out your lungs, improve your circulation, and tone your abodominal and intercostal muscles.
Your posture will get straighter and you'll gradually look more confident.
Your feelings of safety and confidence increase when singing in a group.
Singing has also been proven to boost your immune system by raising the levels of immune bodies in the blood. Incidentally, this increase doesn't occur when we just listen to music..we have to actually sing.
Even if you've got a cold, just hum a little number and the vibration will open up your sinuses and respiratory tubes.
Singing is really good for your brain and will enhance your mental awareness, concentration, and memory. In fact it's frequently used as part of cognitive therapy programs.
It's been used as an all-natural way to help treat dementia, lung cancer, depression, and chronic pain.
Singing exercises your vocal chords and keeps them youthful even as you age. The less "old" your voice sounds, the younger you will appear to others.
And of course there's the obvious benefit...when you sing with a group, you widen your circle of friends.
So, join a chorus and raise your voice, because the benefits are endless.