9 Reasons Why Everyone Should Sing

9 Reasons Why Everyone Should Sing

"Those who wish to sing, always find a song."
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Good or bad, I believe that everyone who is capable of speaking using their vocal chords can and should sing every day. I know there are different levels and talent of singing, and not everyone should be a professional. However, people are made to sing and many benefits come from singing. Singing helps people emotionally, physically and socially.

Here are some reasons why you should sing if you don't do so already:

1. Anyone can sing.

Regardless of sound of voice, if you can talk, you can sing and singing makes you feel good.

According to Justin Stoney, the founder of New York Vocal Coaching in New York City, “The voice can be trained in just about everyone.” Furthermore, some people are born with better voices and learn more quickly, but if you really want to become good at singing, you just need to practice.

2. To express emotion.

Singing adds more to emotion than words can. If you were wondering why adults sing to babies and children, it is because they recognize voices much earlier than they recognize faces. The voice is a powerful instrument. Singing can reveal a lot about yourself as well.

3. To reduce stress.

Harvard and Yale Universities have confirmed that singing reduces stress by lowering the heart rate and encourages the release of mood-enhancing endorphins in the brain. When you sing you are also regulating your breathing, which promotes relaxation.

4. To stimulate the brain.

According to Aniruddh D. Patel, a researcher at Tufts University, “Music provides a way to access regions of the brain and reawaken autobiographical memory when language won’t.”

Basically, when you sing it activates parts in the brain associated with memory recall. So not matter what you sound like, singing does have benefits.

5. To improve physical health.

According to research, singing promotes a healthy heart, an enhanced mental state, gives your lungs a workout and boosts your immune system. In the article, Life Affirming Benefits of Singing, it states that "singing makes us breathe more deeply than many forms of strenuous exercise, so we take in more oxygen, improve aerobic capacity and experience a release of muscle tension as well."

6. To help build confidence.

Singing gives you the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone. Whether it be singing in front of a group of people or in your room, singing boosts your self-esteem.

7. To connect to your soul.

Singing is a powerful tool of self-expression. Through music, lyrics and tone there are some songs that will resonate within you. To be able to sing them out loud is a great feeling.

8. Singing in groups is motivational.

Nick Stewart, from Oxford Brookes University, who led a research study in group singing stated, "People who sang in a choir had a stronger sense of being part of a meaningful group and there is a suggestion that there is something unique about the synchronicity of moving and breathing with other people.”

From singing in groups myself, I can attest that singing really does bring people together, and being able to create certain harmonies and tones with others is a wonderful experience.

9. Singing makes you happy.

When people sing, endorphins or the feel-good chemicals, are released in the brain. Singing makes us happy because it can bring us back to special memories and allow us to express ourselves. Most importantly, singing is fun. So whether you are on stage, in the car or singing in the shower, singing provides great benefits.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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