Last time I was telling you about the findings in When by Daniel H. Pink. In the section on synchronicity, he details how vital it is for humans to belong to a group and coordinate with others.
“Choral groups are the most robust expression of this phenomenon,” says Pink. But he has other suggestions for synchronicity: row crew, take yoga classes, run in a group. Those sound too much like work to me. Singing is so easy and fun!
He listed seven points in which singing in a group benefits physical health. But he goes on to say that even though the bodily benefits are amazing, the mental ones might be even better.
6 Ways choral singing benefits your psychological health
- Delivers a significant boost to positive mood
- Lifts self-esteem
- Reducing feelings of stress
- Alleviates symptoms of depression
- Enhances one’s sense of purpose and meaning
- Increases sensitivity toward others
Keep in mind, these effects come not from singing per se but from GROUP singing. Pink says, “People who sing in choirs report far higher well-being than those who sing solo.” Give it a try! What do you have to lose?
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!