Take a look at the choir in your church, or the fellow singing in the car next to you. They’re not just having a good time. They’re helping their health.
According to Susanna Rodell of Livestrong, singing is not only used as treatment for depression, anxiety and fatigue, it’s also a part of a physical fitness regimen.
Many people are surprised to learn that singing has physical health benefits. Producing sound requires the use of your diaphragm — it’s a physical act to produce the right sounds. Research has shown that singing increases your heart rate and strengthens your breathing.
Researchers are also beginning to find a scientific basis for the positive mood changes many experience while singing. The happiness, some studies suggest, may come from endorphins or oxytocin, two hormones released during singing. Another study, reported in Time, found that singers were found to have lower levels of cortisol, indicating lower stress.