Six Surprising Reasons Why Everyone Should Sing
The Wonderful World of Singing
Do you love to sing? Singing is one of the most enjoyable activities we can do. And as far as communication goes, singing is much more effective and enjoyable than a long speech. I'd rather listen to a sermon presented by singing than speaking any time.
Singing sort of goes hand-in-hand with a nice hot shower, a birthday party, worship and praise and of course, Christmas. Singing has been around since the beginning of time (3500 B.C.E.) and I guarantee you it will continue it's popularity throughout eternity if I have anything to say about it.
But did you know that singing provides physical and mental benefits as well? Aside from the fact that singing clears the mind of clutter and negativity, it also gives your immune system a boost.
Come with me now to explore more of the wonderful reasons to sing.
Sing Even if You Think You Can't
Reason # 1 Singing is Actually Healthy for Us
In a world of political, economic and personal disintegration, music is not a luxury but a necessity-not simply because it is theraputic nor because it is the universal language but because it is the persistent focus of man's intelligence, aspiration and good will.
You have been blessed with a physical body which is also a musical instrument. Think of it! All you have to do to release the musical sounds of your instrument is to inhale, sustain your speaking voice using a variety of pitch and sounds, then exhale. It's really quite remarkable when you think about it.
Never mind that your voice may not have a professional and pleasing sound. Sing anyhow. Why? Take a look at the first reason.
- Singing is healthy for us. It develops the lungs and purifies the blood by emptying more completely the lungs of used air and filling them deeply with fresh air. Our lungs never stop working for us. They carry oxygen to the blood and remove toxic gases 24 hours a day, everyday. This process works better as we learn to breathe by using the diaphragmatic muscle. Not only are we exercising our lungs as we sing, we are also exercising our heart.
I'd also like to emphasize how singing detoxifies our lymphatic system. Through the process of deep breathing, when we sing, we clear the lymphatic system of toxins thereby supporting our immune system.
To summarize: Singing can help to promote lung development as well as promote oxygen to the blood system and the brain.
Studies have show that singing increases endorphins in the brain causing us to feel good and even changes our emotional mood. So the next time you're feeling out of sorts give yourself a shot-in-the-arm by diving into a favorite song. Sing with gusto, confidence and joy!
“If I cannot fly, let me sing.”
― Stephen Sondheim
Reason # 2 Your Speaking Voice Will Sound So Much Better
Singing gives a pleasanter, richer speaking voice and improved speech. This adds to the charm of the personality. Through voice lessons, with a qualified teacher, articulation is stressed which adds clarity to the speaking voice. And since we speak all day long why not save wear and tear on our over-used voice?
In fact according to Dr. Louann Brizendine, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, a woman speaks about 20,000 words a day. A man, on-the-other-hand, uses about 7,000. However, new studies according to Matthias R. Mehl, a psychology professor at the University of Arizona, states both men and women use an average of 16,000 words a day.
Whether we use 20,000 words each day or 16,000 words - the point is: When we learn to sing correctly we also learn to speak correctly.
Reason # 3 - Help For The Brain
Singing strengthens the memory and the power of concentration. When you sing you are exercising your brain. And like the rest of your body the brain must receive exercise too. Learning new songs or memorizing the words to familiar songs strengthens the brain.
Reason # 4 Depression Be Gone
Self-expression. Singing as a means of self-expression is a medium of release for pent-up emotions. Feelings are not judged when singing about them. Therefore a level of freedom is reached emotionally when we sing. Depression, anger and anxiety is reduced and in most instances completely gone.
Reason # 5 Boosts Self-Confidence
Singing increases poise, self-confidence, and develops character through difficulties overcome such as learning to control the breath. Singing brings contentment to us in a way that no other activity does.
“Those who wish to sing always find a song.”
― Swedish Proverb
Reason #6 Singing Can Heal
As a long time professional singer and vocal instructor I have personally witnessed how singing can heal. Not only have I managed my own chronic pain through singing, I witnessed an elderly man feed himself for the first time in years during one of my shows for the aged.
After using his hands. to applaud, he actually reached for the spoon sitting on the table before him and fed himself. The nurses watched in dis-belief.
Another example of the power of singing was the time I entertained during an Alzheimer's Convention in Los Angeles, California. A lovely woman in attendance couldn't remember the names of her children. But as I sang the song "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" she began singing along completing the entire song by herself.
Make no mistake about it - singing heals. Make singing a habit and see for yourself.
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Singing is good for your health. How often do you hum or sing?
Singing surrounds the brain with healthy chemicals giving us a natural high. And here's one more reason you may like - singing actually produces the same chemicals as sex and chocolate.
Whether or not you become a great singer is not nearly as important as becoming a great person. One that is sensitive and understanding. And one that appreciates and understands artistic beauty and mankind.
So whatever your reason is for singing, get busy and do a lot of it.
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© 2011 Audrey Hunt