Singing is an inherent part of the human experience. There was a time when we all sang together, around the fire, sharing our stories, hopes, heartaches and joys. Now many of us find ourselves singing only when we are alone in the shower or car. The good news is that regardless of how you sing, you are benefiting in many ways. Singing is an incredible resource – a way to reclaim your voice – with lots of health benefits.

What are the health benefits of singing?

Singing offers impressive health benefits for the body, mind and spirit. Science has shown that singing increases feel-good hormones like endorphins, while decreasing stress and boosting the immune system. Raising the voice in song has been shown by neuroscientists to connect neural pathways in the brain, and is considered to be an excellent right-brain activity that can help you become more creative.

In addition to making you feel happier, healthier and mentally sharper, singing is a surprisingly good form of exercise for the diaphragm and circulatory system. You will increase your oxygen levels, which increases alertness, concentration and memory. The body naturally starts coming into better alignment when we sing, because the increased chest cavity expansion can help shoulders relax and strengthen your back.

Ways to use singing for wellness

You can start singing right this moment, and it will likely increase your sense of well-being. If you would like to continually utilize the practice, you might want to explore joining a group. Choirs are on the rise in the United States, which means it has never been easier to find a like-minded singing group. Joining fellow voices offers a community experience that’s nurturing and familiar to the soul. The experience of joining in song is woven into the very fabric of the human experience.

Vocal exercise

Use your voice now. Think of a song that you love, and sing the first line. Or, sing the words “I love to sing and it makes me happy.” It probably will feel silly at first, but pay attention to how the sound of your voice resonates in your body. Sing “I am alive” while bringing awareness to how you feel in your body, and any energy shifts that take place. Singing can quickly transform how you’re feeling. You just have to find the right song and vibration for you.

There are clearly many reasons to include song in our daily lives. There is great power in lifting your own voice, even if it’s done alone. Of all the wonderful ways we humans have to improve our lives, singing is one of the most basic and easiest to utilize. Next time challenges arise, lift your voice in song to raise your vibration in an instant.