Humans are incredibly social creatures. We crave connection to other people. While technology has made us feel more connected we are, in fact, less in touch with one another than ever before. As far as our brains are concerned there is a huge difference between the contact we receive face to face compared with that we get electronically. If you are missing out on that personal contact, perhaps it’s time you joined a choir.
The positive physiological benefits of singing are well known. Recent research has now shown that singing in a group is particularly beneficial. A recent study found that choral singing improves our mood and decreases stress, depression and anxiety. This is often attributed to the deep breathing associated with singing and similarly with meditation. Singing in groups has also been linked to lower blood pressure, increased blood oxygen saturation, elevated immunity and a higher pain threshold. Full story.
Jim Finn (Music Australia) / June 6, 2018
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