As we always say, ALL types of music are beneficial to us humans (and many studies show that animals like it too).
But let’s not forget the benefits of singing, whether solo or in a group.
Sing, Sing a Song…
Here are just a few of the many advantages of singing:
- It strengthens the immune system: A recent study showed that an hour of singing reduces stress hormones and increases the body’s immune activity.
- It boosts your self-esteem: When you sing in front of a group and get positive feedback from your audience, you will feel more confident, even if you are normally a shy person.
- It is a natural anti-depressant: Research shows that singing helps release endorphins, the feel-good brain chemical that makes you feel uplifted and happy.
- It is a good workout: It may not totally replace physical exercise, but singing is an excellent workout for your lungs, diaphragm, and overall circulation.
- It improves your posture: When you raise your voice in song, you are also developing good posture: standing up straight, expanding your chest cavity, and aligning your back and shoulders. After all, nobody ever sang a powerful song while slouching or stooping!
So there you have it: five reasons why singing is good for you, no matter what age or gender you are.
Belt Out a Tune
Do you want to be able to sing but think (or have been told) that you can’t? Actually, only a small percentage of the population is truly tone-deaf, suffering from a rare condition called amusia. For others, the inability to hear pitch or distinguish among musical notes is nothing more than lack of proper training.
Don’t be deterred by people saying that you sing off key. Your ability to carry a tune can be vastly improved by lessons that train your voice. A good teacher will show you proper singing techniques and vocal projections.
So go ahead and find your voice!
Photo: Michal Shapira courtesy of Alexander Kinik and WikiMedia Commons