Monday, July 23, 2018
Welcome my friends!!
It’s Monday Blog time and I’m grateful you’re spending this time here with me today. Thank you!
Well, I woke up with music in my head this morning and…YOU know…yep, that’s my topic today!
As far as our bodies are concerned, it’s quite a good thing to sing…out loud, preferably! It has nothing to do with singing “well”, either. Whether we sing well or just enjoy the feeling we get in the act of singing, there are enormous health benefits!
I started singing at the age of five and have never stopped. I admit as I’ve aged, my vocal chords are not what they used to be, nevertheless, I still sing…OUT LOUD. I also admit these days, outside of church (no solos anymore), most of my performing is done behind the steering wheel of my little Suzuki girlfriend, “Goldie”. She’s my audience and she’s never complained even once! (She loves me).
It may be that someone, sometime may have chided in jest that “you can’t carry a tune in a bucket!” Yep, I got that one too, but I kept on singing…out loud…it made me feel good inside and that’s a good thing. As you’ll see as I continue here, my instincts were spot on…I’m good!
“Singing is an integral art of the whole music experience, which is very beneficial for everybody. Research now shows that those people who sing are happier, live longer and are generally much healthier too.” See?…So, sing your heart out – it’s not a big deal to anyone, whether you’re in tune or not, unless of course you’re a member of a choir. “Barney Fife” loved to sing, however, once he joined the church choir, it was apparent he “could not carry a tune in a bucket.”
Actually you can sing just about anywhere…the shower, walking, the car (my favorite), your office (maybe?), karaoke sing-alongs or anywhere you feel comfortable…if ya get turned down by the choir (poor Barney).
Here are some of the health benefits for those of us who sing – out loud:
*Better heart and lung health – singing out loud can get a whole range of muscles working and improve circulation.
*Happier – a release of the endorphins which make us feel better as it lifts our mood.
*Better balance – leg strength and balance which are key factors in preventing falls.
*Live longer – singing promotes better mental health, less depression and improves all round well- being.
*Better posture and look younger – singers stand (usually), thus promoting better posture and breathing. Exercising a wide rang of muscles from the stomach up to the face, forcing facial muscles to be toned, creating a younger and more vibrant look.
It’s been said, that when you smile, the facial muscles will get good exercise. Unfortunately, when you smile, it does not necessarily mean you will sing well (ask Barney).
“Sing like no one is listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching and live like it’s heaven on earth.” – Mark Twain
“Singing is like a celebration of oxygen.” – Bjork
“He who sings scares away his woes.” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“I believe that singing is the key to a long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence and a better sense of humor.” – Brian Eno
“I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; What a glorious feeling, I’m happy again.” – Arthur Freed”
My prayer for us all this week, is that we will not only sing out loud but embrace all the gifts God has given us…reacquaint ourselves with this treasure box of ours He has blessed us all with, be grateful for all our talents, and start using them, once again! Amen.
God is GOOD! God is GREAT!! ALWAYS!!!
I love you,
*Note: Thank You to free-lance writer, Robert Locke for his contribution to today’s Blog.
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