Did you know that singing out those Fa-la-las can improve your health?
I read an article this morning about a study on how singing is good for your health. The study showed that singing your favorite songs is key to having a healthier life.
So I did a little digging around and found other articles on the benefits of singing, whether in a group or by oneself. There are many different benefits associated with singing, whether physical, emotional, social, or psychological.
Here are just a few of the benefits:
* Singing releases endorphins and oxytocin.
Not only releasing endorphins of pleasure, singing releases oxytocin, which is referred to as the “cuddle hormone,” as it’s released when people snuggle. It is known to decrease stress and anxiety. Both hormones can make you feel better in general and alleviate any pain you might be feeling.
* Singing improves your overall brain function and helps you think a little clearer.
* Singing increases life expectancy, especially choral singing.
* Singing lowers your blood pressure as it has a calming and relaxing effect.
Patients have been able to calm themselves down and lower blood pressure readings when in the hospital by singing hymns.
* Singing can help patients with Parkinson’s disease.
Numerous studies have shown how singing can increase the health of patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Some studies even suggest that music can help patients to regain their balance.
* Singing improves your memory and help with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
“Research conducted by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease even showed that Christmas songs can be therapeutic, particularly for those suffering from early dementia or Alzheimer’s. Why? Well, singing familiar holiday classics allowed those in the early stages of dementia to access their working memory and mental orientation in the brain when they attempted to recall the lyrics.” (According to This Study, Singing Is Good for Your Health)
* Singing can boost your immune system.
Not only lowers your blood pressure but also lowers your cortisol levels and decreases your stress and anxiety, which has a positive effect on your immune system.
* One study indicated music therapy is a helpful form of treatment for asthma as it is a good workout for the lungs.
One source said, “When you sing, you are actually changing what’s going on inside your body.” And another said, “When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape.”
Hey, that’s for me! How ‘bout you?
This reminds me of the stars singing, when I wrote When the Morning Stars Sang.
Scientists have found that stars pulsate and they have actually recorded the singing or sounds of stars.
God’s Word produced all of creation and every atom and molecule of living matter circulates in resonation. The dictionary says resonance is a resounding, a reinforcing and prolonging of sound by reflection, to pulsate with the same frequency as the source.
Don’t you love that? Within that living matter is God’s voice imprint, His DNA, as the Source of all life, still resounding in the entire universe. God’s Word in creation and creation giving back its praise!
That same echo of the Living Word working in creation also operates in our hearts.
Has your stream of joy dried up? Clouds of disappointment, heartache, and circumstances rolled in to darken your day? If you’re feeling hopeless, in the pit of self-pity, or lonely, crank up those Christmas carols and start singing.
Whether sour notes or operatic sounds come out of your mouth, go ahead and lift your voice and sing this Christmas season. Your heart, soul, mind, and body will thank you for it.
Sing any tune. Make up any words. But sing to your Beloved. Sing the praises of the One Who deserves them.
Sing and resonate with the same frequency as your Source.
Joyful sounds of Christmas to you…Lynn
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