I’ve never needed a reason to sing. It’s something that’s such a fundamental part of my life that I couldn’t imagine not doing it! But I know it’s not that way for everybody — you might need a reason to start singing, especially if you’re new to it. If you’re thinking about giving singing a try, here are four really good reasons you should:
If you’ve ever been to a rehearsal when you’re feeling kind of tired, then walked out afterwards feeling completely revitalized, you know what I’m talking about. It turns out that there’s a physical reason for this — when you sing, you increase the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream (and by extension, your brain), which leaves you feeling much more alert and energized.
A sense of connection
It’s easy to become isolated, whether through a habit of staying in with takeout and Netflix, because you’re new to an area, or just because you’re feeling a little shy about joining a group. But loneliness is incredibly destructive. Besides affecting your mind and your emotions, loneliness affects your body with a similar impact of smoking nearly a pack of cigarettes a day, and it increases your risk of an early death by over 30%!
Singing in a group is a hugely powerful way to connect with other people, and it’s a great antidote to the negative effects of loneliness. The sense of connection you can get from it not only feels great, it impacts you on a biological level — researchers in Sweden found that when people sing together in groups, their heartbeats actually sync up. Which actually ties into the next benefit…
Better physical health
There so many health benefits of singing in and of itself. Study after study has shown that singing helps with everything from increased lung capacity to better heart health to reducing the symptoms of dementia to improved immunity to a longer lifespan. In fact, singing in a choir may be just as good or better for your health than going to yoga classes.
Better mental and emotional health
Besides the mental and emotional benefits of being in a group, act of singing works on your body like a natural antidepressant. It amps up your endorphins (hormones that make you feel happy) and oxytocin (a hormone which lowers stress and makes you feel connected to other people). There’s even a tiny little organ in your ear that triggers a feeling of immediate pleasure when you sing or listen to singing.
Want to find out firsthand what singing can do for you? Join us for a rehearsal and see what it does for you. Click here to find out how and when you can join in.
Can’t wait to see you there!