When January hits, I start looking for ways to improve myself. I'm not entirely sure why I do this but I think it has something to do with a complete lack of self-control in December.
As a part of my self-help quest, I recently picked up a copy of a great new book: When by Daniel H. Pink. I love this book. It's concrete and backed by research. In it, the author details "the scientific secrets of perfect timing." What time of day to avoid decisions or exercise, what time of life to start over or get married.
And how to synchronize - bring your life in harmony with others to improve well-being.
His number one recommendation for how to do that in your life? Sing in a chorus.
Not only that. He suggests that because of the multiple positive effects on physical and psychological health, singing in a group is like exercise. Fun exercise!
Pink says, "The research on the benefits of singing in groups is stunning." And this applies to rehearsals too, not just performances!
7 Ways choral singing benefits your physical health:
- Calms heart rates
- Boosts endorphin levels
- Improves lung function
- Increases pain thresholds
- Reduces the need for pain medication
- Alleviates symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
- Helps fight infections
His advice in summary: "Even if you've never been part of a musical group, singing with others will instantly deliver a boost. For choral meetups around the world, go to https://www.meetup.com/topics/choir."
Can't wait to see you at rehearsal!