Often we think of ourselves as being either a “Singer”, or “Not-a-Singer”. The way we call ourselves an “Athlete” or “Not-an-Athlete.” Yet, even if we’re not athletes, we STILL use our full body to walk, run, dance, exercise, right? So WHY then don’t we use our full voice, even if we’re not singers?

Below I’ve outlined ten practical reasons how using your full voice to sing with proper technique helps to increase your overall well being.

  1. People who sing have better posture and, accordingly, more self-confidence.
  2. Singing releases endorphins which make you happier.
  3. You naturally develop healthier breathing patterns. Your breath sits lower in your body when you use your voice properly, signaling an increased willingness to relax for your body and brain. “Singing makes us breathe more deeply than many forms of strenuous exercise, so we take in more oxygen, improve aerobic capacity, and experience a release of muscle tension as well.” — Professor Graham Welch, Director of Educational Research, University of Surrey, UK
  4. When you sing, your body releases oxytocin—a natural stress reliever—that helps reduce depression, low energy, hopelessness and loneliness. (TIME magazine)
  5. Tests show that singing improves heart rate visibility, slowing your heart rate.
  6. People who use their full voice show lower levels of cortisol, (less stress), which helps you sleep better.
  7. Singing works your  lungs, improves  circulation, and builds strength in your abdominal and intercostal muscles.
  8. Singing with your full lung capacity strengthens your immune system, according to research by scientists at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, published in the US Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
  9. Singing properly using all resonances opens up your sinuses and respiratory tract, often alleviating breathing problems and allergies.
  10. Singing is good for your brain, enhances your mental awareness, and improves your concentration and memory.

With all these positive physiological and psychological changes, you may just end up living longer as a result of your practice.

Many opera singers (with good supportive technique) are able to perform on stage well into their 80’s and live well above the average age for non-singers. For example: the Italian Soprano Magda Olivero sang her last concert at age 99, and lived until 104!

The good news is that even if singing is not your thing, simply using your full voice the right way a few times a day will give you some of the same benefits these singers have spent most of their lives cultivating.

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