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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10 Things That Have Made Me Cry For No Reason

Sometimes it's the little things that get you feeling emotional.
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Let me start this off by saying: everyone cries!

That's not a shocker, but some people are just better at hiding their emotions than others. Now, I find myself to be someone who is not necessarily afraid of crying but is only comfortable crying in the comfort of his own home with nobody else there.

Recently I was at the movie theater watching "Love Simon" (great movie, by the way), and everyone else was crying! I wanted to cry so badly, but alas, my body refuses to give in even though I do get pretty close to bawling.

That being said, I actually cry a lot in private.

Really trivial and nonsensical things make me tear up and after I'm done having my little moment, I just take a second to try and process why I'm even crying, to begin with. Looking back though, it's actually pretty funny to remember some examples of when I've cried for no reason, so without further ado, here are ten things that have made me cry!

1. "No Promises" by Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato.

I can't even explain why this happened. This is a dance song, but maybe the lyrics (which are kind of sad) got to me on an off day. Who knows, but I was in the car just crying on my way to school with no explanation why.

2. When I found my favorite protein drink at Walmart.

OK, let me explain! So, this drink is by no means healthy for you (at least I think so), but it is oddly delicious and my favorite. Seriously, I can drink the entire four pack in less than 30 minutes. I had spent months trying to find it at my local Walmart until I eventually realized that I was looking in the wrong aisle because they had moved it! When I found it, I actually got teary-eyed. It's not my proudest moment, but I felt great for finally finding them.

3. When I was walking to another point of my job halfway through my shift.

So there I was, a server at the time, walking from one computer station to a table nearby and I get the strongest urge to cry. There was no reason for it. None of the customers were being mean and the day was going alright, but for whatever reason, I just wanted to cry and run out that door. Maybe a fellow server would understand because I really hated that job.

4. Whenever I rewatch "Friends."

I pretty much have a period of time every year in which I rewatch "Friends." I already know what's going to happen and I know the dialogue of the scenes pretty well too, but I still cry every time when Rachel and Ross initially break up. I cry when Monica and Chandler find out they're finally going to be able to adopt a baby. I cry when Phoebe gets married. I cry at the finale! Point is: I cry. Somehow this show is so infectious that even though I know the result, I still cry.

5. When I find out that the leftover food I was looking forward to having has been eaten.

I mean I was looking forward to it! There's nothing better than coming home and enjoying a good meal, but now that it's been eaten I have to find out what to eat! It's nice to not have to worry or think about things when you get home, that's all I'm saying! Also, THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR ME. HOW DARE YOU!

6. When my little brother passed me in height.

I have an immense amount of pride that stems from my Hispanic roots and also being the oldest sibling. When I was growing up, I wanted to at least reach my father's height, but I just barely missed it. Then, my little brother has a growth spurt and somehow passed me and then my father! How dare he!

I didn't necessarily cry my heart out or anything, but boy was I feeling some sort of way at that time. Still not sure why I cried though.

7. "Castle On The Hill" by Ed Sheeran.

Nostalgia hit me hard. I mean, I still think it's a little weird to cry to this song because it's not exactly sad and not exactly a dance bop, but I still found a way to cry. Personally, I think I just pay attention to the lyrics so when he goes off listing everything that's happened to the people he knew (that's where it always gets me), I just cry. Call me emotional, I don't know, but I love this song.

8. Whenever I watch a flash mob marriage proposal.

I kid you not, I have a list of songs on my phone that I will play at my wedding or propose to someone with via flash mob. I'm a romantic so seeing a flashmob dance proposal is both impressive and immensely adorable. If you've seen the video of a man proposing to his girlfriend at Disney to "Marry You" by Bruno Mars, then you understand.

9. When I want to go out with friends but also simultaneously stay inside and do nothing.

Can you tell that I like to stress myself out? This situation is so annoying! I get to the point where I'm crying out of pure frustration and stress because I'm basically trying to make up my mind, but my mind wants to do both things! It's a struggle, guys. It's a struggle.

10. When I watch any episode of "Grey's Anatomy."

This one makes a little more sense because "Grey's Anatomy" is probably one of the most depressing but amazing shows that I watch; however, HOW ARE THEY ALWAYS DOING IT?!

Sometimes, it's not even that sad of a moment, but yet there I go, about to bawl my eyes out and decide to never leave my room. The show is constantly reminding you of how unattractive, lonely, and unsuccessful you are. Fellow Grey's Anatomy fans will definitely understand where I'm coming from.

It's just ridiculous how they do it.

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5 Of The Most Binge-worthy Shows On Netflix

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Binging on Netflix is a way of life. Nothing is better than wasting a day watching your favorite shows. Here are my five favorite shows to binge on Netflix.

1. "Gossip Girl"

No matter how many times I watch this show it never gets old. It has an interesting storyline and loveable characters. These two qualities make it a very binge-worthy show. Also, let's be real who doesn't love looking at hours of extravagant events and fabulous outfits?!

2. "90210"

A show that is filled with drama, comedic moments, intriguing storylines, and lots of love triangles it is so easy to say you're just going to watch one episode and then all of a sudden you have finished a whole season in one sitting.

3. "The Office"

With funny episodes that are guaranteed to make you laugh and a variety of memorable characters, The Office is a perfect show to binge on a sick day or when you just need to forget about life for a bit.

4. "Orange Is The New Black"

This show is entertaining but also thought-provoking. The storylines and the characters make you want to watch more while also giving an interesting insight into America's prison system.

5. "Riverdale"

While there is only one season of this show on Netflix right now. The shows constant twists and turns make it so easy to watch every episode on Netflix in one sitting!

What are some of your favorite shows to binge on Netflix?

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