“We keep wondering WHY and answering in a variety of ways. WHY do we love IL VOLO. I truly believe that the MUSIC they CREATE with their VOICES caught our attention. THE love of Piero, Ignazio and Gianluca came later. When we play their CD we might not sing with them out loud but our brain does. The article talks about singing in a choir and since I am not able today to do this the boys are my PRIVATE CHOIR. ~ Gina
Sing From The Heart, Spark Your Brain ~ Huffington Post
Neuroscience proves that group singing makes us happier, healthier, smarter and more creative. Every time you sing, you fire up the right temporal lobe of your brain, and release endorphins including oxytocin which result in heightened states of pleasure, bliss, bonding and love.
These chemicals also enhance neuroplasticity of our brains, boost our immune system, fight illness, depression and strokes and help us handle pain better. What’s more, choral singers have been shown to have enhanced learning skills, synchronized heartbeats and enter patterns of yogic breathing. So what better activity for one’s mental health than a daily dose of song?
The scientific benefits of singing are really mind-boggling!
Singing together is a super-dooper drug that integrates the mind and body and helps to heal our brains and enhance our learning abilities! And it’s free because we all have a voice!
We spend about 85 percent of our time in the left side of our brain, which deals with logic and analytics. This drains our mental battery. The right side of our brains, which deals with intuition, emotion, creativity and fantasy, needs to be recharged.
Activities which recharge our brains include meditation, being in nature, connecting with loved ones and — you guessed it — singing with others!
Ten reasons to make singing your drug of choice:
Release endorphins and increases levels of oxytocin
Improve posture, breathing and blood-flow
Save money: our voice is our free human instrument
Create new neural pathways and improve brain meta-plasticity
Ward off age-related decline by continuously ‘exercising’ your brain
Heal depression, strokes and speech abnormalities
Promote social bonding and cohesion; and rediscover your own identity
Relieve mental health issues; feel happier, better connected and supported
Connect with other diverse voices and your community
Be smarter, healthier, happier and more creative
A Song For The Future
Our brains developed with singing and music as a survival mechanism. Before there were governments or nations, tribes and groups used songs and dance to build loyalty to the group, transmit vital information and ward off enemies. Those who sang survived.
As workaday stress and media consumption make us ever more isolated, rates of anxiety and depression rise. So, it is fundamentally important to nurture the attributes of humans that set us apart from machines, love, compassion, creativity, courage and so on. When we regularly engage in singing and other creative pursuits, we build bridges of understanding between diverse people and feel part of a bigger, connected universe.
Happy, healthy, empowered individuals and supportive communities are better-placed to solve some of society’s biggest challenges, such as mental illness, loneliness and isolation, cultural tension and unemployment.”
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