Singing for my brain – how group singing is the best medicine!

I came across an old TIME magazine article today titled, ‘Singing changes your brain’  As someone susceptible to bouts of anxiety (who isn’t?!) I was intrigued.  I already knew that singing released endorphins and made me feel great, but I didn’t realise that a lot more happens too.

The article is geared towards group singing, something I am passionate about as I am currently leading a workplace choir designed for staff wanting to improve their health and wellbeing.  MusicForMy have arranged specific song requests for the choir so that staff have the added bonus of singing songs they love.

As it has been proven by lovely scientists, I can confidently say that singing improves your health as a result of releasing the following happy hormones;

Endorphins – make us happy and reduce pain

Dopamine – makes us feel good

Serotonin – improves our mood

Oxytocin – the ‘love’ hormone, helps us bond with other lovely people

If you thought that was it, you’d be wrong!  Singing with others also reduces Cortisol which is the nasty hormone that causes stress.  So it’s proven, singing creates the right balance of hormones in our bodies that reduce stress and anxiety levels.  As well as gaining this by singing in the car, singing in a workplace choir can make a real difference to how we engage in our jobs.  This is where MusicForMy can help, so contact us today if you would like to inject some musical happiness into your workplace.

Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out.  It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed.  Even if you walked into rehearsal exhausted and depressed, by the end of the night you’ll walk out high as a kite on endorphins and good will. – TIME

http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/