Monday, 2 February 2015


Did you know this about singing?

Music brings about dramatic effects on your brain according to Dr Gunnar Bjursell, professor at Karoliska Institutet (Stockholm Medical University)
We earlier believed that damages on the brain were permanent, but today we know that the brain can be influenced by the proper stimuli and has the ability to repair and rebuild itself. Music is a strong power giving relief from pain and angst. Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to quality of life
Singing together in a group (or choir) has a calming yet energising effect on people. It is like an infusion of the perfect tranquiliser, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits.
The elation may come from endorphins, a hormone released by singing, which is associated with feelings of pleasure. Or it might be from oxytocin hormone released during singing, which has been found to alleviate anxiety and stress. Oxytocin also enhances feelings of trust and bonding, which may explain why still more studies have found that singing lessens feelings of depression and loneliness. Singers have been found to have lower levels of cortisol, also indicating lower stress.

So what's stopping you from joining a choir, going to a Church with lots of music, a music jam or a sing-along event?? A cure with no negative side effects. Perfect

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