There most definitely might be something to the idea of whistling a happy tune. According to a preliminary study in England, it has been found that people who are active members in a choir are happier and find life more meaningful than other people who are not actively singing.
The findings speak to the experience of singing which has been found to be a very healthy release for emotions with many people. Singing is a very pleasurable activity. But this study specifically looked at the positive effects of singing and also of belonging to a group with people who sing together.
Years ago, I sang in my chorus in high school which had its wonderful moments and also its typical high school type of issues, but after that I joined a barbershop chorus with women who sang four-part, barbershop style music and although we dealt with many different personalities and a large group of women who all had their opinions about costuming and choreography moves, there was a sense of camaraderie that I have never found anywhere else.
I still can pick up the phone or send an e-mail out to any number of women with whom I sang more than ten years ago, and not even question that we could pick up right where we left off with each others lives the last time we spoke.
There definitely was something magical that happened between us when we shared the experience of singing and performing together and blending our voices together. We jointly created something very personal and very unique.
So yes, if you can carry a tune and are able to find a chorus whether it is at your local house of worship or one that is entirely community based, why not give yourself the gift of music and special relationships that come from the wonderful experience studies are just starting to document as beneficial.
Shhhhh, some of us already knew this to be true even without the study.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!