Everyone can sing, whether it's for a community choir or just a round of "Happy Birthday." But is singing good for you? The answer is an operatic yes! Here are just a few of the physical and mental benefits of belting it out on your own or with a group.
Happiness and Well-Being
We sing to communicate with others as well as to enhance our own lives. Music can help with stress, mindfulness, and appreciation for the world around you. According to Oxford University, singing is a great way to expand your happiness and well-being, and is a fast and fun way to connect with others in your community. You can enjoy the benefits of singing when your favorite tune comes on in the car, in public at an open mic, or even in a choir, which can be an excellent way to expand your social circle. By singing in a group, you can get the physical and mental benefits of song while making new friends.
O2 - Re - Mi
One of benefits of singing is similar to a benefit of yoga: steady, big, slow breaths that can have a calming effect. When you engage in deep breathing, you also bring more oxygen into your body. Singing, and the deep breathing involved, can result in improved circulation as this oxygen rushes into your bloodstream. Singing is good for you because of the oxygenation, but even further, this oxygen influx may alleviate stress. More oxygen in the blood means increased alertness and energy.
Obviously singing can't reverse all physical problems, but research published by the European Institute of Oncology suggests that singing for an hour with a choir can stimulate immune activity. This increased immunity comes with the reduction of stress hormones—a scientific way to measure how good letting your voice be heard can feel.
Your voice is a musical instrument that is free, portable, and can be used to promote your health and well-being. Plus, you may make a few more friends when you let it out. So whether you choose to sing at karaoke parties or in a group choir, start singing!
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Why It’s Good
Singing is a fun, free activity that can improve your physical and mental health. Why not get started? You may even make new friends in the process!