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Sing, Sing, Sing & Sing Some More - It's Good For Us!!!

Monday, December 10, 2018

For many of us this is 'the most wonderful time of the year' and a big part of it is the holiday music. It's just about everywhere I go - instinct seems to take over and before I know it I'm either humming or singing along to it. It always lifts my spirits no matter what my mood.

Interestingly researchers are indeed learning that singing, especially in a group, has powerful effects on the brain and may produce a potent antidote to problems like stress, loneliness and depression. Singing in a group also helps synchronize the breathing and heart rates of those involved. Another added benefit is that even though people don't think of singing as movement, actually hundreds of muscles are involved in controlling one’s voice.

According to Ryerson University Psychology Professor Frank Russo, singing, more than any other social activity, seems to have the ability to generate feelings of social connectedness and studies also show people can withstand more pain after group singing.

As well, a study, published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, suggests singing’s effect on the endocannabinoid system produces a euphoric sensation akin to a “runner’s high.”

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"He who sings frightens away his ills." ~Miguel De Cervantes

"Let us go singing as far as we go: the road will be less tedious." ~Virgil

"The only thing better than singing is more singing." ~Ella

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