We often talk about the health and wellbeing benefits of singing in a group, but what difference can it really make to how we feel?
As we get ready for the start of From Couch to Chorus: Sing into Spring later this month, here are our Top 10 reasons why we think it’s well worth giving your vocal cords a regular workout.
1. Singing makes you feel better
There’s an increasing amount of evidence that singing releases endorphins, serotonin and dopamine – the ‘happy’ chemicals that boost your mood and make you feel good about yourself. Scientists believe that’s one of the reasons why people report being on a high during choir sessions and continuing to feel positive, uplifted and motivated afterwards.
“It has been a beacon in these difficult times, to have an appointment to meet with other people and do something so uplifting.”
– Participant, From Couch to Chorus: The Festive Edition
Singing also counts as an aerobic activity as it introduces more oxygen into the blood leading to better circulation – and a better mood.