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Sing for Your Health
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Scientists have researched the effects of group singing—whether in a barbershop quartet, a cappela group, gospel choir, or community chorus—and the results show benefits for mood, stress levels, and the immune system.

Singing requires deep, controlled breathing similar to deep breathing exercises and promotes the stress-relieving “relaxation response.”

Professor Robert Putnam, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, identifies group song as a form of civic engagement that could lead to other kinds of involvement such as a volunteer work. He includes singing in a choir on his list of ways to build social networks and trust between individuals. Both make people happier and probably healthier.

Harvard Health Letter

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, September/October 2007. Copyright © 2008 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.


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