Have you ever been part of a choir or participated in group singing and noticed a feeling of joy afterwards? If so, you are not alone! Group singing has been scientifically proven to have a range of positive benefits on both physical and mental health.
There's no denying the joy that comes with belting out your favourite tune in the shower, but there's something extra special about singing in a group. Studies have shown that music, particularly singing in harmony, has the power to synchronize the brains of individuals, resulting in increased feelings of togetherness and social bonding.
In fact, one study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that participants who sang in a community choir had lower levels of stress and anxiety, as well as higher levels of overall well-being compared to those who simply listened to music.
The Emotional Benefits of Singing
Research has shown that when individuals sing together in a group, their heart rates and breathing patterns can synchronize, resulting in a heightened sense of togetherness and connectedness. A study published in the Frontiers in Psychology journal found that singing in a choir increases feelings of social closeness and bonding, as well as a greater sense of belongingness to a group. The researchers also found that singing in a group can lead to increased empathy and cooperation among members. The shared experience of creating music together can also reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, particularly among older adults. Singing releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that are responsible for making us feel good. As a result, singing can help to alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression, and can leave us feeling happier and more relaxed.
Singing in a group can also promote a sense of belonging and connectedness. When we sing with others, we become part of a community, and we share a sense of purpose and accomplishment. This can lead to a greater sense of self-esteem and confidence.
Moreover, singing has been shown to be an effective tool for managing stress. When we sing, we focus our attention on our breath and our voice, which can help to calm the mind and promote relaxation. This can be particularly beneficial for people who suffer from chronic stress or anxiety.
The Health Benefits of Singing
Singing requires deep breathing, which can improve lung function and increase oxygenation throughout the body. This can be particularly beneficial for people with respiratory conditions like asthma or COPD.
Singing has been shown to lower cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress. Singing in a group can create a sense of community and social support, which can further reduce stress levels.
Singing can stimulate the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. This can provide relief from chronic pain and improve overall well-being.
Singing has been shown to increase levels of oxytocin, a hormone that is associated with feelings of happiness and well-being. Singing in a group can also provide a sense of belonging and connection, which can further boost mood and overall mental health. So - you should probably join our community choir - The Undeniably Noisy Singers @ Wild Learning Singing in a community choir creates a sense of connection between members. There is something incredibly powerful about being part of a group that is singing their hearts out together and creating beautiful music as a result. If you are looking for a fun, uplifting, and transformative singing experience, join us!
And don't worry if you're not the most skilled singer – research has shown that the positive effects of group singing are not dependent on vocal ability, but rather on the act of singing together in a supportive and welcoming environment :) So why not give it a try - You might just find that singing with the Undeniably Noisy Choir is exactly what you need to feel ridiculously happy! The Undeniably Noisy Choir welcomes everyone who enjoys singing Wednesdays at 7pm, during school term @ Wild Learning, walk ins welcome, donation at the door email email@example.com for more info|