4 Incredible Health Benefits Of Singing
Are you gifted with a golden voice or are just a bathroom singer? No matter what you are, you can be benefited by singing in your everyday life.
1) Singing helps boost your immunity
Won’t it just be great if singing in the bathroom can improve your immunity? A study was done to find the link between immunity and singing. They compared the levels of antibody in the members of a singing choir with that of people who were not in a singing choir. It was found that the antibody level was highest in those who sang. So, this means that singing has a positive effect on the immune system.
2) Singing brings you closer to your loved one
Singing is known to increase a hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin is also called ‘cuddle hormone’ as it released after a sensual encounter with someone you love, however, it is also linked with boosting feelings of trust, reducing stress and anxiety and promoting the feeling of happiness. Have you ever been lost in singing a song and felt emotionally awesome after finishing it? It is plain simple to understand that the emotional boost you get after singing is due to the release of the hormone oxytocin that in turn improves your sense of well-being.
3) Singing alleviates stress
Now, we all listen to a particular song in order to relax and calm our minds down when we are anxious or plain stressed out. So, it comes with no surprise that by engaging in singing actively, you can reduce the levels of your stress and anxiety.
A study was done in this regard that collected information from the students of a university choir. 87% of the students said that they were benefited socially, 75% felt that they were benefited emotionally, 58% thought that they were physically benefited and 22% felt that they experienced less anxiety and stress as a result of singing. The bottom line is that the study found that singing has an influence on stress reduction and relaxation.
4) Singing can help you breathe with more ease
A study was performed to examine the quality of life as well as the lung function of cancer survivors after taking part in a choir that rehearsed 2 hrs a week. Even though no significant change was found in their lung function but they had a greater expiratory capacity than those who were not in the choir. Other studies show that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who sang 2 times a week, had better respiratory health in comparison to those who didn’t. The findings make sense as it is a fact that singing makes use of muscles involved with breathing. Singing teaches you to regulate your breath and it increases the strength of your lungs.
Does the level of singing affect the magnitude of its health benefit?
Health benefits of singing belong to both professional singers as well as amateurs. Professional singers experience greater stimulation from singing than amateur singers. However, amateur singers are able to release the emotional stress and feel a bigger sense of well being than professional singers. So, it really doesn’t matter if you are a rock star or a person who performs in the confines of the bathroom 😛
Isn‘t it just great that something as simple as singing can be so beneficial to health. Melodious or totally out of tune, just sing to your good health!
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