The only thing better than singing is more singing. -Ella Fitzgerald
FACT: One of the only activities that Activate, Stimulate, and uses the entire brain IS MUSIC.
Singing brings joy to many people – but did you know that singing can lead to incredible benefits in your physical, emotional, and social health? I've been a professional singer for many years and it has helped me immensely in my recovery from a stroke. You do not have to be a professional singer to enjoy the benefits of singing. Many people love to sing no matter what level they sing at. Here are a few reasons why singing is good for you.
Singing strengthens the immune system
According to research conducted at the University of Frankfurt, singing boosts the immune system. The study included testing professional choir members’ blood before and after an hour-long rehearsal singing Mozart’s “Requiem”. The researchers noticed that in most cases, the number of proteins in the immune system that functions as antibodies, known as Immunoglobulin A, were significantly higher immediately after the rehearsal. Interestingly enough, the same increases were not observed after the choir members passively listened to music.
Singing is a workout
For the elderly, disabled, and injured, singing can be an excellent form of exercise. Even if you’re healthy, your lungs will get a workout as you employ proper singing techniques and vocal projections. Other related health benefits of singing include a stronger diaphragm and stimulated overall circulation. Since you pull in a greater amount of oxygen while singing than when doing many other types of exercise, some people, myself included even believe that singing can increase your aerobic capacity and stamina.
Singing is a natural anti-depressant
Singing is known to release endorphins, the feel-good brain chemical that makes you feel uplifted and happy. I find these very interesting scientists have identified a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus, which response to the frequencies created by singing. The response creates an immediate sense of pleasure, regardless of what the singing sounds like. Not only that but singing can simply take your mind off the day’s troubles to boost your mood.
Singing can widen your circle of friends
Whether you’re in a choir or simply enjoy singing karaoke with your friends, one of the unexpected health benefits of singing is that it can improve your social life. The bonds you form singing with others can be profound since there’s a level of intimacy naturally involved.
Singing boosts your confidence
I find this to be true in teaching vocal students who are shy at first but after a few lessons, they start telling me about how many friends or family members they're now singing in front of. And always with a big smile on their face. So enjoy all the benefits of singing and have fun doing it!
“I only sing in the shower. I would join a choir, but I don’t think my bathtub can hold that many people.” – Jarod Kintz