Want to Reduce Stress? Belt Out a Song.


People Singing in a Choir

As it turns out, your body doesn't really care how good of a singer you are. Whether you sound like a mockingbird or a wounded animal, there are a number of reasons to routinely belt out a song. The Wellness Letter published by the University of California recently referenced various research studies that make a good case for singing in the shower. Some of the reported health benefits included:

1) BRAIN BOOST - Singing may help to improve some aspects of one's memory. According to British research studies, singing helped to improve memory, mood and social skills in people with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease.

2) STRESS REDUCTION - A study in Japan recently concluded that older people who sing reported a improvement in their mood and felt less tension afterwards. Researchers noted that they also had measurably lower levels of stress hormones in their saliva.

3) SOCIAL INTERACTION - A recent survey suggested that people who take part in a church choir or have a regular singing group report feeling more confident in social settings.

The good news for all of us is group singing is much cheaper than drinking or attending group therapy. In fact, it is one thing we can do in life that pretty much guarantees positive results. It can make it easier to get a good night's sleep, reduce pain levels and improve balance affected by chronic illnesses, such as Parkinson's Disease. So, belting out a song can not only stir your emotions, it can increase your vigor to better deal with life's commitments.

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