Healing power of music and singing

Music can make you laugh or cry, rev you up or calm you down. It's been said to be good for the soul.

Did you know that Music and healing once went hand in hand. The Chinese character for medicine includes the character for music. In ancient times, music was used to ease stress, promote sleep, and soothe pain.

Does music heal emotional suffering? Research says yes. And you can find tons of studies to back this up.

Karaoke and singing ingeneral improves social connection and provides support that can improve mental health outcomes. Any music that helps connect people can profoundly impact an individual’s mental health.

(https://blog.oup.com/2014/02/pete-seeger-power-of-song-social-justice/)

Musician like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Rage Against the Machine agree on American Singer Peter Seeger’s statement: “Participation. That’s what's going to save the human race.” And isn’t this what karaoke is about. Singing, participating, encouraging!

Music has also been used in therapries which heal disabled vets through teaching music. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/brick-brick/201402/does-music-have-healing-powers)

And science backs this up! No less than the prestigious Harvard University has done seminar series on Music as Medicine. Here are some recent articles worth looking at to be reminded that truly singing for health is scientifically based!

In a Panel discussion at Harvard, with panelist with Harvard Medical School (https://hms.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/assets/Sites/Longwood_Seminars/Longwood%20Seminar%20Music%20Reading%20Pack.pdf)

The panelists mentioned that just listening to music can be good for the heart! Let’s sing along for health. Just as our KWC USA counterparts say, KEEP ON SINGING!

Music and stress (https://hms.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/assets/Sites/Longwood_Seminars/Longwood%20Seminar%20Music%20Reading%20Pack.pdf)

In a study in Sweden, findings show that attendance at music-related shows lengthens your life! Those who don’t are 1.57 times more likely to die than those who do.

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