Music is life. Music is joy. Listening to music makes your heart melt with overwhelming emotions. However, nothing can be compared to singing along to your best songs, either blues or classic, ballad or jazz, country music or calypso. When you perform karaoke on the tracks, you see yourself getting involved not just as a fan of that particular genre of music but as the backup singer as well.
Furthermore, when you sing in a band or choir), your heart rate will be balanced. The amusing thing is that many people do not know that when they sing soulful songs, they are not just catching fun and boosting happiness but also developing good health. So don’t just sing in the shower, while cooking in the kitchen or doing your laundry to enjoy the moment, read on to know what a singing organization and two researchers have found out about the health benefits of singing at the top of your lungs and in a group.
Christopher Bergland released a message titled Program Based On The Art Of Singing And Emotional Balance. As a sequel, this particular project was done to aid Bergland’s message. The two researchers were Whieldon Alice and Shakespeare Tom who came from a Medical School at one University from Eastern Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom. Also, an organization known as Sing Out With Your Heart (SOWYH) is an integral initiative that resided precisely in Norfolk. This initiative usually organizes weekly seminars on singing as well as accommodates mentally challenged people into the center.
The two parties teamed up to conduct this research which was recently published in one medical journal. The study showed that when you sing aloud from the bottom of your heart, especially as a team or band, you will develop gladness, decreased signs of lonesomeness, depression, and anxiety. The study was tagged Sing Out With Your Heart: Community Singing as Part of Mental Health Recovery.
SOWYH was a performance of a band arranged in a typical choir setting which accepts everybody, either they can sing well or not. Also, the environment was relaxed, devoid of the usual professional strictness attached to choir practices, because the objective was to play freely with the band members’ heart; there was no need for audience view or judgment.
The two leaders of the investigation, Alice and Tom were very passionate about this concept, and for the next half part of the year, they buried themselves deep in it. Part of their activities was the supervision and study of the seminar facilitators, organizers, and participants. At the end of the examination, they came to the conclusion that everyone, regardless of their background or personality, who took part in the band singing exercise had boosted and sustained mental health. This also shows that when people get involved in group or choir musical performance, with their whole heart, their mental wellbeing and social welfare will be fostered. Group singing, say the study team, makes people feel loved and accepted in the society.
Tom Shakespeare made public the summary of the cardinal points that were gathered during the SOWYH program.
The summary statement says that the researchers were touched to listen to the members referring to the program as an ’emancipation’ which has rescued them from the mental issues they were going through. More members admitted that surviving without the program would have been detrimental to their normal living. Everyone who was interviewed afterward gave positive reports concerning their mental health because of the flawless knowledge they gained from the singing seminar. Others felt that SOWYH was a support program that is one among many other programs. Many people said that they had learned skills useful in maintaining and recuperating their mental health. Above all, wrote Tom, everybody had fun and were very glad.
Another advantage of singing is the regulated pattern of breathing when inhaling and exhaling, not to forget the voice training.
Prior to this project, a medical research had looked at this subject from a communal-oriented angle, psychological and physiological point of view. It was found out that the depletion of ‘fight-or-flight’ stress reactions strengthens the autonomous nervous system in the body when an individual sings in a band or choir. This is achieved when the motion of a healthy vagus nerve has touched the system. In 2011, an investigation on cardiac and relationship between singing in groups and the respiratory system showed that this engagement makes interpersonal interactions stronger in the aspects of harmonization in improved cardiac vitality. When this kind of engagement becomes a frequent affair, people have happier times.