When we use our voices for singing, we communicate more effectively through melody lines, dynamics, and intonation than talking. Because singing requires a lot of physical energy, it can’t help but create change in our bodies. These effects can help us physically, emotionally, and socially, just to name a few.
Singing is a great way to stay in “shape” because it exercises your lungs, it also helps in producing “feel good” hormones called endorphins, which rush around your body when you sing. These endorphins also aid in reducing stress and anxiety. Some more physical benefits of singing include improved posture, sleep, and fewer doctor visits. Fewer doctor visits are a result of a boost in the immune system. Singing can boost your immunity! How cool is that? Studies have shown that singers have higher levels of IGA (an important antibody in the immune system). This makes it easier to fight off infection.
Emotionally, singing increases self-esteem and confidence. In turn this gives us more energy and increases positive feelings. Additionally, singing benefits us by evoking our emotions, giving us spiritual nourishment, an increased sense of empathy, and a spark for creativity.
Socially, singing enables us to meet more people by bringing people together through music. It also broadens expressive communication. Taking voice lessons also offers an opportunity to receive feedback, and provides a safe environment to experiment with new skills and techniques.
Do you have to be a professional singer to receive these health benefits? No. While professional singers are physiologically fit for singing through years of study and performance, they indeed experience a heightened stimulation from singing than amateurs, but as far as health benefits are concerned, amateur singers utilize singing to benefit their physical, emotional, and social health. So next time you feel the need to break out into song, do it! It can improve your health!
-Heidi Robinson (Bravo Employee)