What works: Choir singing
All types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins , the brain's 'feel good' chemicals. Singing in front of a crowd naturally builds confidence, which has broad and long-lasting effects on general well-being.
What the evidence says:
- Enhances mood and positive emotions (fact: recent research has shown that singing in a choir is more effective at improving mood than participating in a team sport!)
- Reduces stress and lowers blood pressure
- Improves mental alertness
- Has a positive impact on one sense of self, social–identity and feelings of connected-ness
Where’s the evidence?
- The Mental Elf
- European Journal of Public Health: Williams, Elyse, Genevieve A. Dingle, and Stephen Clift. "A Systematic Review of Mental Health and Wellbeing Outcomes of Group Singing for Adults with a Mental Health Condition." European Journal of Public Health 28.6 (2018): 1035-042.
How to get involved:
Indie, Contemporary, Classical, Rock…. Choose a choir whose music selection excites you!