You don’t need to sing on key to feel the benefits of singing. Research suggests that singing with someone or in a group bonds people together. Studies also say that singing alone is good for your brain too.
Whether you’re in the car, a professional or singing in a choir/group, singing benefits your mood and brain.
Here‘s what singing does and why it’s good to join in with others.
How Your Brain Reacts to Singing
Research shows that the brain changes by moving the vibrations through you, changing your physical and emotional landscapes. In short, singing is a perfect way to soothe yourself and elevate your spirit.
The endorphins that are released through singing immediately allow you to feel pleasure. If you suffer from depression, or you are having a bad day, singing will quickly lift your spirits.
Not only does it physically alter your brain but singing also strengthens our theory of mind and empathy. Meaning, our brain doesn’t just process the sound of music, but it attempts to understand the intention of a song and the meaning of it.
Benefits of Singing and Listening to Music with Others
Studies find that singing and listening to music with others creates a sense of community and social cohesion. This is because music works as language does. Instead of words and ideas, emotions and intentions are communicated. That’s why its no secret music has been passed down from generation to generation.
Synchronizes Peoples’ Heart Beats
A 2013 study also showed that people who sing in groups can be so connected that their heartbeats can synchronize. Participants of the study exhibited slowed down, soothed heartbeats due to deep, coordinated breathing.
Benefits of Singing Every Day
- Lowers stress levels
- Improves Mental Alertness
- Helps with Sleep
- Strengthens your immune system
Widen Your Circle of Friends
The bonds of singing can be profound. It doesn’t matter if you are going out to sing karaoke with your friends, or you join a choir, there is still a level of intimacy involved. At the same time, the more you sing and perform in front of others, you can overcome your fears of stage fright through their techniques.
Increases your ability to appreciate others
You may not realize how difficult something is until you try it yourself. While people learn to sing or choose to sing in groups, they often expand their taste of music to master the craft. By finding a new style of music to appreciate, you start to look towards others for more inspiration. Which, in turn, can form new friendships.
Where and who will you sing with next?