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And that’s good! When you sing, the vibrations alter you, both physically and emotionally. Those who sing in a group can be exhilarating and an intimate sharing of emotions as a group of people create something even more beautiful and intimate: harmony.
When we think if group singing most of us think of Church choirs, but there are over two hundred thousand choruses across the USA that sing country, popular as well as gospel. So it’s not surprising that group singing is growing. According to studies 32.5 million adults sing in choirs; and as the popularity of group singing grows, the question some will ask “why”. But it’s really a no brainer. We know that music is both a tranquilizer and a catalyst, and Science has been trying to explain why is music and singing has such a calming yet also an energizing effect on people!
The elation may come from endorphins, a hormone released by singing and is associated with feelings of pleasure.
Or it might be from oxytocin, a hormone released during singing that alleviates anxiety and stress. Oxytocin also enhances feelings of trust and bonding, which explains why singing often lessens depression and loneliness. One study stated “Music evolved as a tool for social living”.
Music and singing together is our evolutionary reward for working cooperatively, rather than hiding alone in a cave.