Whether serenading the walls of your shower, belting out a tune in your car, lulling your child to sleep or crooning in a choir, emotions are flowing and feel-good chemicals (endorphins) are being released.
Singing has been scientifically proven to improve health, making us feel happier and more energized. Intuitively, we sing when we feel good. Even babies sing when they are happy (carrying a tune is not a requirement).
Something to consider then, is perhaps we should sing even when we don’t feel well. Not only can singing improve our mood, but it also makes us feel and look younger, and can even help us live longer.
Posture improves when we sing. As the chest expands, our back and shoulders straighten. Singing will tone facial and stomach muscles, and is said to be equivalent with practicing yoga as it promotes deep breathing and has a calming effect. Vocal yoga has become an increasingly popular exercise for singers, actors, public speakers and anyone wishing to expand their voice.
Singing strengthens memory and concentration. Children are often taught through songs because it is easier to remember the material and promotes engaged learning. Exercising the vocal chords also keeps your voice sounding youthful.
Sing from and for the heart, and lungs. Aiding oxygen into the blood stream, singing stimulates circulation and strengthens muscles in the upper body. Other health benefits from singing include increased immunity, reduced stress and improved sleep, all of which will promote longevity.
So feel free to sing like no one is listening. And if someone is listening, encourage them to join you!