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Sing the Blues Away

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August 24, 2017

Whether you’re a professional or an enthusiast, singing is fun and it naturally brings joy to people’s lives. Studies have also found that singing can reduce stress. So, if you have high stress levels or suffer from its negative side effects, maybe it’s time for you to sing the blues away.

Music is a powerful thing and it can have an amazing effect on your body. Listening to music can boost your spiritual health by bringing up positive childhood memories and nourishing your soul. Listening to music can also protect your brain from dementia and playing a musical instrument can boost your brainpower. But using your voice as your instrument can also reduce stress and the side effect of stress. Learn more from the four studies listed below.

  • Singing is a great icebreaker. Meeting new people can be stressful, but a study from the University of Oxford found that singing is a great icebreaker. The researchers found that singing together jumpstarted the bonding process among strangers in the same class. According to the researchers, “singing is one of the ways in which we build social cohesion when there isn’t enough time to establish one-to-one connections.”
  • Singing can help with social isolation. As humans, we need regular social interaction to stay healthy. Unfortunately, creating and maintaining social bonds in a large group can be a challenge. When we’re isolated for too long it can lead to stress. Fortunately, singing can be the solution. Research shows that “group music-making” (such as a choir) made the participants feel included and connected. They also experienced “positive affects” and an increase of endorphins, the hormonal euphoric rush that can relieve stress.
  • Low-key performances reduce stress. Are you a professional singer? Would you like to put on a performance? It might not be as stressful as you might think. Researchers have actually found that singing solo in a low-key environment can actually reduce a person’s cortisol/cortisone ratio, also known as the stress hormone.
  • Singing combats the side effects of stress. Too much stress can hurt the body, damaging the immune system. Fortunately, a study found that participants who sing in a group increased their concentration of salivary immunoglobulin A, an antibody that protects the immune system. In fact, during their singing rehearsals the antibody concentration increased by 150 percent and during their singing performances, it increased by 240 percent.

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