Tra, la, laâ€¦singing is officially good for you
I come from Wales which is often dubbed The Land of Song. Singing is a huge part of our culture and daily life. I was therefore delighted to read this piece in Time magazine which claims that group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins.
I don’t think you could find anyone in the world who doesn’t enjoy singing, whether they are good at it or not. We sing in our cars, in the shower, at sporting events and to bond with our babies. Singing is part of most religions and part of our patriotic identity.
Singing, quite simply, is huge.
So, it comes as no surprise to find out it is also good for us. We probably all knew this already but it is really nice to know that the science community agrees. According to research, when you sing, you get a feeling of elation from the release of endorphins which reduces anxiety and stress. The oxytocin enhances feelings of trust and bonding which lowers feelings of depression and loneliness.
Group singing is an enormous part of Perform and we sing every week in our workshops. The children are always energised, engaged and happy when doing so. I once had a child who was too nervous to talk on her own but when she had a solo line to sing within a song, she could belt it out easily. (This was amazing to witness, by the way).
The reason she could do this was because of the confidence that singing in a group gave her. And, subsequently, she realised that she could project when talking too.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Write them below or sing them into your phone and email me...“Tra, la, la…”