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Did you know that Music has a very powerful effect on your brain? Especially singing makes people happier and healthier, as many studies reveal. It has a calming yet energizing effect on people .
“The neuroscience of singing shows that when we sing our neurotransmitters connect in new and different ways. It fires up the right temporal lobe of our brain, releasing endorphins that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative. When we sing with other people this effect is amplified” (upliftconnect.com).
Singing can help with depression, stress, feeling of loneliness and increases the feeling of trust and connectedness. As upliftconnect describes it in a recent article about the “Neuroscience of Singing“:
“We literally form one unified heart beat”.
As being a singer myself, I can absolutely relate to this and know that singing has a very healing effect on me. Especially in times that are more difficult, I can feel how singing connects me with myself and others again. It somehow gives me a way to reveal feelings that I would otherwise not be able to express. It is a channel to share the deepest of emotions.
“Music is the language of the angels“, they say. I believe that to be true.
We just have to learn to really listen.
Music is therapy
Besides the impulse I would like to give you to sing passionately the next time you shower in the morning or join a choir in your neighborhood, I would also like to just point out that music in general is a therapy. It can massively support you to release stress and stay focussed.
I, for example, love the Spotify playlists listed in the moods section: “Concentration”. Here you find music that really soothes and helps to deeply focus. I always listen to them when I have to get something done, especially when I write texts. I also listened to these concentration playlists throughout the countdown of my book manuscript due date with my publisher, and it really helped me keep up the concentration and meet the deadline. This is just an other way that shows how magically music can support us every day.
The most relaxing music ever, as as recent article and science revealed, is the song “Weightless” by the way. The group Marconi Union, created the song together with sound therapists. “Its carefully arranged harmonies, rhythms, and bass lines help slow a listener’s heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol” (Inc.). And there are more tracks that are named to be the “most relaxing songs ever – according to Science”. You can follow the playlist below.
Music is a beautiful way to release stress and get connected with yourself again. Every day. So jump in the shower tomorrow morning and sing your heart out! :-)
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