I am sure you have heard of the saying, “Singing is good for the soul.” Health experts agree and here are the most common reasons why:
It’s a mood-enhancer
Singing releases endorphins into your system and makes you feel energised and uplifted. Like laughing, singing brings oxygen into the body and helps us to find gratitude which, in turn, boosts our mood and makes us happy!
It improves your breathing
Singing gives the lungs a workout, it tones abdominal muscles and the diaphragm, and stimulates circulation. So, singing is a workout!
It’s a stress-reliever
Singing allows the flow of blood and oxygen which lessens anxiety. Following a rhythm, whether that’s singing or even just humming, builds positive wiring in our brains and helps us to relax.
Singing keeps you young!
Singing exercises, the vocal cords and keeps them youthful, even in later years. The less aged your voice sounds, the more you will feel, and seem, younger.
Singing builds confidence
Singing alone or in groups, builds confidence, and encourages you to step out of your comfort zone to embrace ‘the new’.
It is no wonder then, that much of the Good News of the Bible is expressed in song. Mary’s song (Luke 1:46-55, called the Magnificat) promises God upturning all that is unjust or wrong – putting the mighty in their place and establishing the lowly. Because of this, it has been banned in Christian worship in such countries as Argentina, Guatemala, and in the days of the British Empire when the British governed India. It was feared that the local inhabitants would take its message seriously. More recently, Bono, the lead singer of the world-famous rock band, ‘U2’, once said: “Music can change the world because it can change people.”
Questions for further Reflection:
If your life were a song, what song would it be, and why?
Has the song changed with the passing of time?
Is it changing now?
‘A Quiet Space’ is a short reflection time consisting of simple music with a reflection. For anyone of any faith, no faith, or somewhere in between. In a 10,080 minute week, why not use 20 minutes doing nothing together? For further enquiries please speak to the Chaplain – Rev Derek Chandler.