Singing brings luck

Singing makes you happy and healthy: Just sing! - 8 reasons why we should definitely speak up

“Where you sing, sit down, bad people don't know songs…” The modern version of the poem by Johann Gottfried Seume carries the real core about singing: It offers a home, because it leads us to ourselves, it brings joy and drives away grief and malice. Singing must be felt, it is one of the basic needs of us humans. Now, thanks to new scientific findings, what generations of our ancestors have already known is now official: Singing makes you happy and healthy!

"Wherever one sings, calm down,
Without fear of what people believe in the country;
Wherever one sings, no one is robbed;
Bad guys don't have songs. "

Johann Gottfried Seume, “The Chants” (1904)

1. Singing brings out our most beautiful feelings, like a magic mirror the soul

Who doesn't know that: the feeling when we just sing along to a favorite song out loud, when we finally get the opera or pop star in us loud enough in the shower or in the car, or when we go to church for Christmas together sing other Christmas carols.

A feeling of Fulfillment and Liberation, of lightness and energy, of happiness and contemplation. Or when we sing together with others - choirs know the feeling: We experience solidarity and unity, absorption in the music, a universal feeling of peace, joy or happiness. Singing awakens the beautiful feelings in our soul and lets them shine through us like magic.

2. Singing makes us happy and helps against stress, depression and anxiety

What we feel has also been scientifically proven: When we sing, the production of our happiness hormones such as serotonin and beta-endorphin is boosted. The hormones help us against depression and anxiety and generate feelings of happiness. At the same time, according to Dr. Karl Adamek, music psychologist and scientist, returns hormones such as testosterone, adrenaline and cortisol, which make us more susceptible to stress or even aggressive.

So if you don't know it from your own experience, it is advisable: Singing liberates us and makes us healthier, more cheerful, more confident and more energetic.

3. Singing brings back childhood memories and good feelings

In Germany at least, children mainly sing in kindergarten and school. Some families still have the custom of songs to sing together: for parties, to fall asleep or simply for your own pleasure. But even in secondary school, singing, which is rather neglected in our everyday culture, has to give way to the strict schedule of school material.

If there is no family connection to singing, or if the child does not cultivate their musical side of their own accord, singing quickly becomes a matter for stars and starlets. That is why, as non-singers, we always sing to the beautiful ones on specific occasions such as Christmas, birthdays or church services Feelings our childhood remind. Because singing preserves our good feelings and can trigger them again at any time - if we really sing.

4. Singing promotes children's development and helps them learn better without tension

As children we get to know our own feelings better through singing and how to express them verbally and tonally. To sing makes children happy and balanced as it is a playful expression of their personality. In addition, children learn better through singing and especially well in connection with singing. It also has a balancing effect on stress and tension and is therefore often used in kindergartens and schools to get in the mood or to relax during breaks.

Children who sing even do better in scientific studies at the school entrance examination. Singing clearly contributes to healthy child development at.

5. Singing is a relaxation technique that reduces stress and promotes regeneration

What applies to children in educational research also applies to adults: we too can sing by singing during or between certain requirements, for example during work breaks, on car journeys or simply in between Lower stress levels, relax and then act with more energy again. Just a few verses in the shower, during the break, at work, while driving a car or with children help us to relax ad hoc.

6. Singing is self-efficacy and an expression of our personality

Those who have already experienced it themselves will recognize themselves in it: whoever sings experiences themselves as self-effective, because if we sing correctly, we experience ours Self-confidence into your own voice and your ability to express yourself. It is we ourselves who generate the song and we hear it in and around us, we feel its vibrations and its powerful feelings. We can control these ourselves through our singing and generate them at any time.

When we sing in front of others, we reveal our voices and open up to others' reception. It is now heard by us and the others and gives us a very special one Voice personalitythat can differ from our previous perception of ourselves and others.

7. Singing is wholesome and helps to cope with extreme feelings and trauma

It has also been scientifically proven that people who have to do heavy physical work can do it more easily if they sing while doing it. An unfortunately sad example of this is the singing of the slaves who once had to do heavy physical labor in the cotton fields of their landlords. Her typically sluggish singing helped her Misery better to endure.

Singing is not only beneficial for the body, it can also help us with extreme feelings such as sadness. This is shown, for example, in the lamentations as they are still sung in the Balkans or in southern Europe when the dead are mourned. The singing reflects our respective mood and helps us with that Processing difficult feelings like sadness, fear, anger, and aggression.

8. Singing helps to break down inhibitions caused by shame or fear of failure

Singing is an emotional form of expression for the body and soul; the voice is its instrument. In a company under Lperformance and evaluation pressure, in which only clearly quantifiable results count, singing usually only has a chance on a professional level, i.e. on stage. Only those who qualify as singing talent at an early stage and whose voice has been clearly approved by a recognized jury can venture in front of an audience.

Amateur singing and making music together, which is practiced for the sake of community, mood, or simply the music, is generally little recognized. Singing is even considered to be “soft” by many men, while women are more likely to find their way to a private choir or vocal ensemble. Shame and fear of failure For many people, the feeling of not showing their voice dominates because they are afraid that their voice will not be able to meet the generally high standards of our performance society.

Find access to singing through singing lessons or membership in a choir

But there is hope! Because more and more people are finding access to singing and are already involved in private choirs. If you feel the desire to sing deep within yourself, but don't dare to sing, you can find access to it through a choir. In a choir, your own voice does not come out immediately and singing with like-minded people is a part of it nice sense of community. There are choirs for many styles of singing, whether jazz, gospel, pop or classical. If you are interested in a choir, you usually take a few free trial lessons before you decide to stay there or try out other choirs.

If you are not sure whether you have any singing qualities at all, you can take 2-3 hours of private singing lessons on a trial basis and have your voice tested by a singing teacher. You quickly get the certainty that almost every voice is suitable for singingif you only use them correctly. Because this is mostly just a matter of breath and the right technique.

Additional Information:

  • German Choir Association:
  • Dr. Karl Adamek, music therapist: