Singing may actually be good for you according to a recent USA Today article. It releases endorphins which can improve mood and energy. At the same time, it helps to reduce the stress hormone, cortisol. It also helps the lungs to take in more oxygen, which means a higher level of oxygen in the blood. This may help with healing as well as general health and functioning.
Singing with others could be even better for you than doing it alone. People who sing together may begin to breathe together, and in some cases, their hearts may even start to beat in the same rhythm. It also provides a chance to socialize and engage with others in a positive way.
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Being a member of the audience, or even just listening to music at home while relaxing, may help your health and wellbeing as well.
Research has shown that listening to music can come along with health benefits. According to one study, listening to it reduced stress hormone levels to normal amounts just thirty minutes after a stressor was introduced. Another study found that hearing music helps to promote blood flow to a level that is similar to the results of aerobic activity or statin therapy. That’s pretty good!
However, the type of music that you select is also important. Certain music can actually promote negative feelings. Choose music that is soothing and relaxing or invigorating and joyful to you. Not everyone is the same and not every song will evoke the same reaction in them.
When part of a singing group, discuss the song selection ahead of time and make sure that everyone agrees on what to sing. When everyone is onboard and happy, it really comes through in the music and energy levels. Don’t forget, if you get those energy levels high enough, dancing is good for your health too!