We all have our own thing that makes us happy and clears our head a little. For me it’s singing. I get ridiculously happy when I have time to sing for myself. Whether it’s an hour of singing songs I have performed, what feels like a million times or hitting goals and reaching ‘that’ note that I’ve been working towards. No matter how small the achievement may seem, if I’m singing, I’m happy.
Here are a few reasons that I genuinely believe singing makes you happy.
Everyday we breath, obviously. We need breath to stay alive but we very rarely take the time to acknowledge how important breathing is for our body. Singing gives us a chance to appreciate our breath. We become in control of our breathing and body when we sing.
Controlled breathing in singing is much like the process of breath used in yoga. It gives your breath a purpose and focus, whilst at the same time clearing the mind and body. A few deep breaths in a quiet space with help to un fog any mind.
Singing and listening to music helps transport us all to different places in our mind. Gaining confidence through singing does not mean that you must stand on a stage in front of hundreds of people. If like me, you are happiest at home with your slippers on, then your confidence could simply come from standing in your home allowing yourself to hear your own voice for the first time.
3. Common language
When you are singing you are following a melody, a note pattern that is specific to that song. Anyone that sings that song does the same. It gives us a common language that you can share. A love and understanding for a song or piece of music is something that we can use to communicate across any barriers.
4. Be unique
Yes, songs are written in a way for us to follow them and try to recreate them but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them yours. Singing allows us to explore our voice and find what works for us. Find your own style, your happy place. Sing the song the way you want it. Write your own song. Have time to be you.