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How can group singing make you feel good?

Singing in India

In India, group singing is the most popular of all arts-related participatory activities. It’s a group activity that seems to stand better than others and there might be a good reason why. Singing has more effects than other art-related activities. It has become pretty obvious that the singing has its own perks. Globally people are now moreover attracted to the karaoke singing, many of it cannot even tune in properly. Singing has now been an attraction point for most of the pubs, restaurants, etc. People would pay a hefty amount just to stand in the crowd and watch other singing or would sit idle in front of the TV while munching on snacks. Of course, we could see a lot of singers competing on the stage, or people really drawn to the karaoke, or we might also see people singing in their bathrooms or in the car while they’re driving. Does singing really make us happy?

Affects of singing

In this blog, we will find out how singing affects our mood, our mind, our emotions, and general health. Specifically, group singing has proven to be a good way to ease our stress and uplifts our mood. Singing has been a hotspot for researches ever since they discovered that it affects our nervous system.How to Do a 30-Day Mental Health Challenge - This Wellness Plan ...

The effects on singing on a living system have been fairly documented. Some might not agree with the fact, researchers have proved that in animals, especially in songbirds; where when male songbirds sing to female songbirds. It directly affects the male pleasure center in the brain. Similar effects have been studied in the human brain too, songs have a similar effect when a person is addicted to drugs. But there’s a monition. These studies are restricted to group singing, both in animals and humans.


Psychological Effects of SingingThe Neuroscience of Singing

The connections between songs and happiness are mainly related to the neurological function rather than the physiology of a being. One cannot measure the number of hormones released, thus it makes hard for the researchers to work upon. Singing has always been modified from generation to generation, especially speaking of group singing, in which one has to learn the song, read the lyrics, understanding the tune. While learning, and being at the utmost concentration level, one develops a zone in which he/she doesn’t care about their routine problems, and is stress-free. Learning new things has always been a good way to keep our brain active, hence it keeps us away from depression, anxiety. Thus, it has proven to be best in elderly people, especially to those groups who have been affected by neurological disorders, and hence singing has helped them to manage the disease, and in some cases, it turns out that it might recall some of their beautiful life events, and help them to regain their memory back, maybe for a short time.

But why do we need to go for a group singing, when we could simply belt out a tone, and be happy?

Effects of group singing

The effect of a group singing has a similar effect as exercising, wherein when you do properly when your breathing is controlled, and when you “lift up” your voice, it automatically increases the blood circulation and increases the production of hormones responsible to make us feel good. The effect of belting a tone is also good, but when in a choir group, the amount of endorphins released is way more than singing all alone.

Moreover, research from the University of Frankfurt, suggested that singing boost our immune system as well. Thus, singing in a group not only helps us to ease our stress but also helps us build social interactions. Most of the depressed, stressed-out people aren’t capable enough to speak in person or to make new connections. Singing in a choir group help them out easily, and have been proven to manage their anxiety/depression easily than relying their entire life on the meds.

With music being a natural therapy, we could eventually help those in need and providing them to open-up easily and interact more socially.

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