11 Surprising Health Benefits of Singing

Singing brings joy to many people – but did you know that your passion for singing can lead to incredible benefits in your physical, emotional, and social health? Here are 11 reasons why singing is good for you.

Physical Benefits of Singing

Singing strengthens the immune system

According to research conducted at the University of Frankfurt, singing boosts the immune system. The study included testing profesional choir members’ blood before and after an hour-long rehearsal singing Mozart’s “Requiem”. The researchers noticed that in most cases, the amount of proteins in the immune system that function as antibodies, known as Immunoglobulin A, were significantly higher immediately after the rehearsal. The same increases were not observed after the choir members passively listened to music.

Singing is a workout

For the elderly, disabled, and injured, singing can be an excellent form of exercise. Even if you’re healthy, your lungs will get a workout as you employ proper singing techniques and vocal projections. Other related health benefits of singing include a stronger diaphragm and stimulated overall circulation. Since you pull in a greater amount of oxygen while singing than when doing many other types of exercise, some even believe that singing can increase your aerobic capacity and stamina.

Singing improves your posture

Standing up straight is part of correct technique as you’re singing, so with time, good posture will become a habit! As your chest cavity expands and your shoulders and back align, you’re improving your posture overall.

Singing helps with sleep

According to a health article in Daily Mail Online, experts believe singing can help strengthen throat and palate muscles, which helps stop snoring and sleep apnea. If you’re familiar with these ailments, you know how difficult it can be to get a good night’s sleep!

Psychological & Emotional Benefits of Singing

Singing is a natural anti-depressant

Singing is known to release endorphins, the feel-good brain chemical that makes you feel uplifted and happy. In addition, scientists have identified a tiny organ in the ear called the sacculus, which responds to the frequencies created by singing. The response creates an immediate sense of pleasure, regardless of what the singing sounds like. Not only that, but singing can simply take your mind off the day’s troubles to boost your mood.

Singing lowers stress levels

Making music in any form is relaxing. Singing releases stored muscle tension and decreases the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol in your blood stream.

Singing improves mental alertness

Improved blood circulation and an oxygenated blood stream allow more oxygen to reach the brain. This improves mental alertness, concentration, and memory. The Alzheimer’s Society has even established a “Singing for the Brain” service to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s maintain their memories.

Social Benefits of Singing

Singing can widen your circle of friends

Whether you’re in a choir or simply enjoy singing karaoke with your friends, one of the unexpected health benefits of singing is that it can improve your social life. The bonds you form singing with others can be profound, since there’s a level of intimacy naturally involved.

Singing boosts your confidence

Stage fright is a common feeling for new singers. However, performing well and receiving praise from your friends and family may be the key to eventually overcoming your fears and boosting your self-confidence. With time, you may even find it easier to present any type of material in front of a group with poise and good presentation skills.

Singing broadens communication skills

According to an article in The Guardian, singing to babies helps prepare their brains for language. Music is just as important as teaching reading and writing at a young age to prevent language problems later in life. If you enjoy writing your own lyrics, honing this talent can improve your ability to communicate in different ways!

Singing increases your ability to appreciate other singers

Sometimes, you don’t realize how difficult something is until you try it yourself. As you grow from an amateur to an intermediate student and beyond, you’ll be looking to the masters for inspiration. You might even find a new style of music to appreciate that you wouldn’t normally listen to!

The delights of singing go beyond merely enjoying the beauty of your own vocal talent. All of these health benefits of singing may make you want to join a choir or start taking voice lessons right away! If so, don’t hesitate to get started – have fun with it, and do you what you enjoy!

Comments

Saif Naser

December 08, 2014 at 2:19am

This is a great and informative blog. We are known that Singing can have some physical benefits. Singing can help increase lung capacity and decrease stress. When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, fixing your physical and emotional landscape. I have been learned from Dubai Performing Arts Academy. Peoples come to this Academy and recover stress from regular lifestyle. I think that the Dubai Performing Arts Academy is really good for the improvement of physical and mental health.

taiga

May 04, 2017 at 7:39am

yes i agree !

John

April 08, 2015 at 4:59pm

I need to know whether some one who sings at jaraoke does it for himself or to please others even if the song is not appropraite

Maria

March 27, 2017 at 6:33am

That's so true... I wonder as well

Erin Tanski

May 31, 2017 at 12:07pm

As a very good singer I like to analize the audience and pick a song that I believe most of the audience will enjoy! Content varies depending on the audience. My goal is to get people to stop what they are doing and want to listen to me! Yes...legend in my own mind! Appropriate or not...it is always fun!

Abby J.

September 28, 2016 at 11:42am

This is great! I sing everyday!!

Monica Vashisht

August 19, 2017 at 9:19pm

Can you teach me bollywood hindi songs? lol ;)

Mary Brace

March 20, 2017 at 9:17am

I came across this article as I research the benefits of singing. I am especially interested in the spiritual renewal aspect and helping people with depression. Digging deeper...and singing more...like I used to.

Linda Blake

June 04, 2017 at 1:30pm

I LOVE singing! I studied music to go further. I was especially graced with a fantastic singing teacher that was encouraging, especially in a group environment, highlighting that we are each individual and can support each other! From that background, I have performed (I LOVE performing; always have with a dancing background), I have taught lessons (from as young As 6 years to 64 years of age - which means really nothing, in terms of who can do what?!) but also, in a recording environment (which is so unnatural and, at times, uncomfortable )... music IS! Singing IS! Much like life IS! There is no race, competition or pre-requisite. Music is to be enjoyed whether you are a beginner or advancing. Everyone can connect with music, whether performing, playing or listening, but what is real and prevalent is that music IS. Let us all enjoy (in our own way) without any right or wrong mindset. Peace! Love also IS ❤️

Isis Merkley

December 04, 2017 at 12:02pm

That was a wonderful comment.

Funky Penguin

January 11, 2018 at 5:39am

wow! This a very good comment. i enjoyed reading it and i agree

Susan George

June 20, 2017 at 6:12am

Singing can clear your throat and is good for blood flow, thanks for sharing.

Aisyah Nadhirah

July 09, 2017 at 1:55am

Thanks for this brilliant info! It helps me to do my project ;)

Funky Penguin

January 11, 2018 at 5:40am

i agree! it also help me finish my persuasive essay. it worked as evidence!

Isis Merkley

December 04, 2017 at 11:42am

This is very good for my assignment I'm working on. I would like to be a singer when I grow up and I sing whenever I can so this interests me a lot! There should be more websites like this. I never knew that singing can help me sleep! I have a hard time sleeping even without the snoring.

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