Sing at the top of your lungs;

Photo taken at Groovin the Moo, 2011

With the amount of assignments & tests on at the moment, I’m finding little time to go for my usual river walk. I know from past experience that walks in the fresh air are my number one solution for a mood booster but what I didn’t know was that singing can have a similar effect!

After hearing that, I did some research and here’s what I found:

– “All types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins, the brain’s “feel good” chemicals. Singing in front of a crowd, a la karaoke, naturally builds confidence, which has broad and long-lasting effects on general well-being. But of all types of singing, it’s choral singing that seems to have the most dramatic effects on people’s lives” via How Stuff Works

– “Canadian research has shown that when people listen to their favourite music, it activates the same pleasure-rewards centre as sex, and thus a release of dopamine. The pain-dulling effects of endorphins, however, appear to require more active involvement” via Canada.com

–  “Singing gives the lungs a workout; it tones abdominal and intercostal muscles and the diaphragm and stimulates circulation; it makes us breathe more deeply than many forms of strenuous exercise, so we take in more oxygen, improve aerobic capacity and experience a release of muscle tension as well.”

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– “It is very effective as a stress reliever and improves sleep; it also improves mental alertness” via Barbershop Harmony Society

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What’s there not to love about singing huh? Now my question is, what’s your favourite song or album that always gets you singing the loudest?

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