Singing in the Brain

by Angela Tharp 06/10/2019

Remember how the tunes and lyrics from those Disney movies or musicals stick with you. Then, you find yourself suddenly belting one out as you drive home from work on Friday afternoon. The sheer joy of singing, even if you can’t carry a tune, just makes you feel good. But is it only the musical memories it evokes or is there more to it.

Researchers believe there’s more.

Much more.How singing helps your brain

- When you sing, it releases endorphins (those chemicals that make you feel-good) into the brain.

- It can lift mild depression.

- Learning the lyrics to songs improves your memory.

- Singing boosts your immune system, helping you resist illnesses.

- A song in your heart releases stress.

- The deep breathing, while you sing, clears your thinking.

- Vocalizing benefits your heart.

- While singing, your energy level increases.

When you sing correctly, that is, when you breathe deeply from your belly as you sing, you fill your lungs with oxygen which pushes more oxygen into your brain. In turn, that extra oxygen gives your mind the extra energy boost. The exercise provides your entire cardiovascular system a workout.

But singing does more than improve oxygen levels. Its vibrations change your brain itself by altering your brainwaves. And the endorphins it releases floods your mind with delight.

Researchers have studies on group singing such as in a choir or glee club revealing that singers have lower cortisol levels, meaning they have lower stress levels. Lower daytime cortisol levels give you a better night’s sleep too so singing can help you be more rested. Singing keeps you younger also. It gives your body and your brain a good workout and exercises your facial and neck muscles.

Children benefit from singing too. Lullabies, rhymes, and chants carry the rhythm of their culture. It prepares them for hearing and forming words, and developing language. Their speech improves when they learn to sing new words. And as they sing with you, it promotes social bonding.

If you’ve recently moved to a new city, finding a choral group, musical theater, or even the karaoke night at your local pub can give you an opportunity to exercise your voice, improve your brain, and also make new friends. Check with your local library or speak to the music teacher at your children’s school for information on vocal opportunities near you.

About the Author
Author

Angela Tharp

Angela M. Tharp, P.A. is a successful Broker Associate, with Watson Realty Corp., a nationwide relocation resource. Angela helps those moving to Duval and St. Johns County find the perfect properties for their unique needs.  

  • Over +500 closed transactions totaling $110 million volume in sales through 2018- I have a proven track record
  • +40% of my yearly income proudly a result from past customer referrals
  • She has lived in Jacksonville for 29 years 
  • With more than a 22 years of industry experience and fierce determination, Angela is currently in the top 2% of the company in Sales, she has consistently achieved the Top 3 Producer in production in her office as well as the sought-after 5 STAR honor in the past years, which is awarded to only 7% of all professionals within a specific industry and market area. 
  • She has achieved the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation, less than 3% of the top realtors in the nation have this designation. 
  • 1993 Graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration (Corporate Finance) University of North Florida
  • Angela is dedicated to improving and fine-tuning her knowledge as well as giving back to the community
  • In 2013 she was part of NEFAR's Leadership Academy has been nominated as a Board Member of NEFAR and is serving her 3rd year as a Board Member. 

Her recipe for real estate success includes the use of technology, honesty, ethics, and service. She is dedicated to getting the job done right and prefers to work with clients who appreciate the importance of integrity and technology in business. 

She’ll also work at her clients’ pace and make sure they understand each stage of the buying or selling process. She understands all the details important for a successful relocation and she wants them to feel comfortable with all their decisions. 

Today's market has so many special circumstances to consider, it is essential to have an Expert to guide you through today's market. After all, "My purpose is to help you make good decisions!” 

You can count on her Experience, Dedication, Integrity, she will take you step by step until the purchase of your HOME!