Modern life often means we're constantly on the go, trying our best to keep our minds, bodies, career life, families and friends working harmoniously. It's a lot to juggle, and we're often left testing out new technologies, serums, classes and more in an attempt to find that little nugget of happiness to keep us sane.
But what if we told you that the key to releasing those happy hormones doesn't come with a hefty price tag, an embarrassing new class or with any new gadgets?
Numerous studies have looked into the effects of singing on the human body and have concluded that as it , singing becomes a pleasurable activity, can reduce the feeling of anxiety, and can even lessen feelings of depression or loneliness.
Even better than belting out Whitney Houston in the shower is singing in a group setting, which lowers your levels of cortisol, the hormone released when we're stressed. Some studies even claim it's as good for you as yoga, as the heartbeats of those in a choir can sync up, regulating your breathing and producing a calming effect. It can also , as shown by studies on communities who engage in lots of choral activities.
In many situations such as hospitals, schools and care homes, singing is used as a therapy tool - and it's no wonder. The benefits really are endless.
So the next time someone tells you to quieten down or tries to dull the Mariah within you, point them this way.
Still not convinced? Maybe a relaxing bath is more your thing...