It is always claimed that singing can improve your health. Both psychologically and physically. A recent research study now confirms that joining a choir can boost your mental health.
Research by an online survey of 375 people who were either members of a choir, sang alone, or played team sports.
Results showed that all three activities created a high level of psychological wellbeing. Furthermore, the people who sang in choirs experienced the greatest benefit.
The research study was carried out at Oxford Brookes University and led by Nick Steward who said:
“Research has already suggested that joining a choir could be a cost-effective way to improve people’s well-being. These findings suggest that feeling part of a cohesive social group can add to the experience of using your voice to make music.”
A Swedish study suggested that joining a choir has a positive effect on lowering stress levels and blood pressure.
The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Heart and Health, Canterbury carried out a year long research study. This showed that 60% of participants had less mental distress when retested after joining a choir.
Joining a Choir Conclusions
Mr Steward added “The implications may be that any activity we do as part of a group is particularly enjoyable. But people who sang in a choir had a stronger sense of being part of a meaningful group.
There is also a suggestion that there is something unique about the synchronicity of moving and breathing with other people.”
The above blog has been adapted from an article that appeared in The Telegraph newspaper.