As anyone who has only ever sung in the shower or in the car can attest, singing just makes a person feel good. And this is especially true when singing with others. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have found that this is more than just an emotional reaction to an enjoyable activity, though – singing with others actually has benefits that include:
- Heart health
- Stress relief
- Emotional well-being
- Bonding with others
In their fascinating study, researchers found that the heart rates of singers in a choir actually synchronized with each other while singing together as a group. Why? When singing the same song, the singers must pause to breathe at the same time. This synchronization of breathing in turn causes each singer’s heart rate to increase and decrease at the same rate at the same time.
Researchers also discovered that this highly regulated breathing and heart rate caused by singing has the same effect as yogic breathing! Yogic breathing reduces stress and enables an individual to better cope with difficult emotional situations through breathing.
How can you and your family reap the benefits of singing without necessarily joining a choir? Sing together! Sing in the car, sing along to your child’s favorite TV shows and movies, sing to the radio! On top of the health benefits of singing, you’ll increase those parent-child bonds as well.