Many people would rather die than be caught singing in front of a congregation in a choir. Many secretly sing to themselves in the bathroom but wouldn’t group up. However, several studies show that there are many benefits that come with singing in a choir. Whether it’s your church choir or a choir dedicated to singing specialized songs, some of the benefits associated with singing in a group include the following.
Better emotional health
Studies show that people singing in a choir experience release of chemicals from the brain. These chemicals include dopamine which is a chemical associated with feelings of happiness and wellness. Another chemical released is endorphins which help to provide pain relief. Serotonin is another chemical released by the brain when one sings in a choir. This chemical gives a person the feeling of contentment and euphoria. Oxytocin is another chemical released by the brain when you sing in a choir. This chemical is a stress manager and also promotes the feeling of bonding and trust between you and members of the choir.
Better listening skills
When singing in a choir, you get the chance to listen to other voices sing. This in turn prompts you to tune your voice to blend in with other voices. By training your ear, brain and voice, you are able to develop better listening and communication skills which will come in handy in social interactions.
Better mental health
Studies show that singing in a choir will promote better mental health. The release of the aforementioned chemicals from the brain helps to keep the brain healthy. In addition, practice sessions to memorize a number of songs to perform promotes better memory. A choir member will also promote better metal health as he or she tries to tune the voice to complement other voices in the group. This takes a lot of mental concentration.
Better cardiac health
Studies show that people singing in a choir are likely to have better heart health than solo performers. The singers heart rates tend to slow down as they start a performance. Their heart rates then get in sync as they continue with their performance. The reason for this is that besides singing together, members of the choir have the same breathing rate and synchronized heartbeats when singing the same song.
Improved social skills
Joining a choir gives you the opportunity to work with people with similar interests in music. Similar interests make it easier to socialize and open up. It also gives you a sense of belonging and bonding. Singing in a choir also helps you build your self confidence. Performing solo can be a daunting task for most people. However, if you perform in a group, you are able to build your self confidence slowly.
Meet new people and visit new places
Like other performers, choirs often get invitations to perform in different places. If you love travelling, the choir is one of the best ways of getting free rides to new places while doing what you love.