9 Reasons Why Everyone Should Sing

9 Reasons Why Everyone Should Sing

"Those who wish to sing, always find a song."

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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Why I Listen to Depressing Music Even Though I'm Depressed

Music that's powerful, music that speaks to me, music that means something.

It took me a long time to find my preferred genre of music. In middle school, I remember listening to pop songs that I often heard on the radio. I could (and still can) rap the entirety of Super Bass by Nicki Minaj and I dreamt about my crush professing his love to me by serenading me with Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes. 

By my freshman year of high school, those songs were no longer cool, so I went along with the crowd and started listening to the next most popular type of music: trap music. In my experience, these artists talked solely about fucking bitches and smoking ganja, even though, at that point in my life, I had no intent of having intercourse or "doing" the marijuana (boy was I naive). Though I listened to these genres to appease everyone else, I never felt completed like so many people claimed to feel when they listened to music. I did not have a passion for any bands or artists and I did not feel any sort of deep connection while I was listening.

It wasn’t until my sophomore year that I decided to explore certain genres that I hadn’t yet explored. The first bands I really grew to love were the Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, and The Kooks. Their music not only sounded great, but the lyrics actually meant something. They spoke about relationships, internal struggles, mental issues, and societal problems. Their lyrics resonated with me, and, surprisingly, the most depressing of their material resonated the most.

I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember, though I was not diagnosed until a little over a year ago. I’ve been on meds and have learned coping techniques, but the most counterintuitive of those techniques is listening to these depressing songs.

One of the hardest struggles I have with depression is not being able to tell people how I am feeling, not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have the words. I find that listening to others put into words the exact emotions that I have not been able to convey myself is quite reassuring.  These songs help me better understand my own emotions and give me an idea of how to turn those emotions into spoken language. 

When Alex Turner says “you can shriek until you’re hollow or whisper it the other way” or when AJJ says "everything is real, but it's also just as fake” I feel as if someone has entered my thoughts and put into lyrics the fears and feelings I struggle with on a daily basis. These songs make me feel as if there is a whole community of people out there who experience the same, seemingly-lonely experiences that I do. I feel more connected to the world when I listen to this type of music. I feel understood.

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Two Inspiring Movies Everyone Should See

Movies that take you on an emotional roller coaster.

I have always loved watching movies, especially ones with inspiring and emotional storylines. I get very invested and intrigued (maybe a little too much), but I love having that whirlwind of emotions throughout the entire movie.

Recently, I got the opportunity to see two amazing movies that I think are very important and had a huge effect on me. The films were “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name”. Both of these films came out in 2017 so they are fairly new. They are making a huge impact and receiving a lot of deserved recognition.

“Lady Bird” has such a special storyline. It follows the relationship between a mother and daughter in such a realistic way. As many girls know, a relationship with a mother is not always an easy one and the film really captures that frustration.

It follows the life of a young girl that is about to leave to go to college. So many things change for girls during this time and there are so many emotional challenges and obstacles. I absolutely love how this film displays this situation and many relationships in a very graphic and honest way. I think it is so important for young girls to watch this film and channel all those feelings. It is incredibly relatable and it reminds girls to be courageous.

“Call Me by Your Name” is seriously one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It is a love story, which we have seen is countless movies, but this film displays a relationship in such a unique and beautiful way.

The best thing about this movie is that it is awkward at some points and maybe even a little uncomfortable. I admire this because love and relationships aren’t always magical and perfect. It expresses a type of love that is so unapologetic and pure. I could watch it over and over and still have the same inspiring feeling at the end. If you are a fan of emotional love stories or small independent films watch this movie. You will not regret it.

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