When guided by intuition to sing, I got a quick flash of myself performing before applauding audiences at the Apollo in Harlem or at least in a cozy club in Brooklyn. A few voice lessons later, I realized that I was guided to sing, not for fame or fortune, but for health and well-being.
Singing is holy, wholesome, awesome medicine.
Following is a list of the physical, emotional, and social benefits of singing (More Singing Please!)
- Exercises our lungs (tones up our intercostal muscles and our diaphragm.
- Can improve our sleep.
- Benefits the heart and circulation by improving aerobic capacity and decreases muscle tension.
- Tones facial muscles.
- Improves posture.
- We can become more mentally alert.
- Sinuses and respiratory tubes are opened up more.
- The problem of snoring is lessened.
- Pain-relieving endorphins are released.
- The immune system is boosted enabling us to fight disease.
- Anger, depression, and anxiety are reduced.
- Use of music can help people to regain balance if affected by illness such as Parkinson’s disease.
- Increase in self-esteem and confidence.
- Increase in feelings of wellbeing.
- Enhanced mood.
- Stress reduction
- Spiritually uplifting.
- Encourages creativity.
- Increases understanding and empathy between cultures.
SOCIAL BENEFITS OF WEDNESDAY SINGS!
- Brings people together and encourages a sense of community.
- A forum for fun, laughter, and support.
- Safe and supportive.
Wednesday Sings! is a group of adults who seek weekly for fun, health and well-being, self-expression, and community.