5 Psychological and Physical Benefits of Singing in a Choir
There is significant research that shows that singing in a choir has fantastic benefits for both your physical and mental wellness. We have searched the internet and come up with 5 benefits. We are sure there are more that you will find for yourself when you join one of our Choirs.
At The Choir Ltd we create opportunities for people to join together as communities to sing, share their voices with friends and family and gain confidence for life. We will be opening new Choirs across New Zealand over the coming years so look out for us or contact us if you would like us to set up a choir in your community. Singing creates a great sense of achievement and we have shown through our existing choirs that we can create amazing friendships and communities that pull together and provide purpose and inspiration.
Benefit 1 - improve your feeling of social wellbeing
Studies have shown that participants in Choirs report a higher rate of social wellbeing than soloists. The feeling of social wellbeing is comparable to being in a sports team. At The Choir Ltd each of our choirs sings with a goal in mind similar to a sports team. This goal is to perform together in a concert. Choral singing is very much a team sport and the sense of team is very strong as your work with your fellow choir members to create an awesome vocal sound which will amaze and impress.
Benefit 2 - Regulate Heart Rate
Researchers have discovered that members of a saw their heart rates beat in unison in relation to the speed of their breathing. In addition heart rates were directly affected by the melody of the music. Reducing the variability of your heart rate has a positive impact on your health. At The Choir Ltd our music leaders will spend time in each of our sessions showing you how to breath to achieve the best singing results, this will also help with your breathing outside of the choir.
Benefit 3 - Reduce stress levels and depression
A number of studies have found benefits to mental health from singing. In one study lasting a year some of the participants were found at the end of a year to no longer show signs of stress or depression. Group singing has been found in some studies to boost the level of oxytocin which can help control stress and anxiety. We know that the members of our choirs find that their time at choir goes by in a flash and whilst singing the cares outside of our rehearsals are all forgotten.
Benefit 4 - Strengthen the feeling of togetherness
Research by the psychologist Nick Stewart of Bath University indicates that people who sing in a choir enjoy a greater feeling of togetherness. They also enjoyed a greater feeling of being part of a collective endeavour that people involved in other social activities. In our choirs we work towards a collective goal, and perform our songs as a group which helps reinforce this togetherness. Numerous friendships have been formed at our choirs, going beyond simply getting together once a week to sing, friendships that will last a lifetime.
Benefit 5 - Increase Life expectancy?
Maybe this is the biggest potential benefit of all but could it be true? Well, a joint study by Harvard and Yale Universities published in 2008 found that for a group of singers in a Connecticut town, they did in fact live longer on average than their other town citizens. And what the heck, surely its worth a try!
AND FINALLY JUST SO YOU CANT EXCUSE YOURSELF ON THE BASIS THAT YOU DON'T THINK YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH - AT THE CHOIR LTD WE KNOW THAT EVERYONE AND ANYONE CAN SING !
OUR JOB IS TO PROVE IT!
SO TAKE THE STEP AND CLICK ON THE LINKS TO OUR CHOIRS AND COME ALONG TO SEE WHAT WE DO.