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Why you should sing more

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If you can talk you can sing.

Everyone should sing every once and again. You may tell yourself that you do not have the talent to sing professionally or even publicly, and while that may be true, that should not prevent you from singing. You can choose a sing-along event, the shower, the car, or anywhere you feel uninhibited if the choir turns you down. You should sing regularly as singing has massive physical, mental and spiritual benefits. So make sure to sing at least once every day. We will explore how singing fits into the life of a modern christian and why you should do more of it.

God wants us to sing

Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:1–2

You were made to sing. God created music and created humans to sing songs. To see just how much singing is important to God, you need look no further than his word. The Bible contains over 400 references to singing and at least more than 50 direct commands for us Christians to sing. From the very beginning the Bible talks about singing, from Adam singing to the woman God made for him (Genesis 2:23), to the last book in the Bible as the bride of heaven sings for the groom God gave her — with choruses old (Revelation 15:3) and new (Revelation 5:9; 14:3).

Jesus himself – God in human form- sang (Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26), and he continues singing among the faithful in heaven (Romans 15:9; Hebrews 2:12) as he awaits the day when all his brethren will join him to sing eternally. In fact, the longest book of the Bible, the Psalms is a book of songs. God wants us to sing because he sings and wants us to be like him (Zephaniah 3:17). Singing enables us to understand Gods word and become closer to him. For example, singing the words to the amazing grace hymn, lets one fully absorb and understand Gods greatness. Singing (whether individually or communally) has an ability to elevate the worship experience and brings us closer to God.

Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! Psalm 47:6

Here are 11 benefits of singing

Singing is a workout

For the elderly, disabled, and injured, singing can be an excellent form of exercise. Even if you’re healthy, your lungs will get a workout as you employ proper singing techniques and vocal projections. Other related health benefits of singing include a stronger diaphragm and stimulated overall circulation. Since you pull in a greater amount of oxygen while singing than when doing many other types of exercise, some even believe that singing can increase your aerobic capacity and stamina.

Singing improves your posture

Standing up straight is part of correct technique as you’re singing, so with time, good posture will become a habit! As your chest cavity expands and your shoulders and back align, you’re improving your posture overall.

Singing is a natural anti-depressant

Singing is known to release endorphins, the feel-good brain chemical that makes you feel uplifted and happy. Not only that, but singing can simply take your mind off the day’s troubles and boost your mood.

Singing lowers stress levels

Making music in any form is relaxing. Singing releases stored muscle tension and decrease the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol in your bloodstream.

Singing improves mental alertness

Improved blood circulation and an oxygenated bloodstream allow more oxygen to reach the brain. This improves mental alertness, concentration, and memory. The Alzheimer’s Society has even established a “Singing for the Brain” service to help people with dementia and Alzheimer’s maintain their memories.

Singing can widen your circle of friends

Whether you’re in a choir or simply enjoy singing karaoke with your friends, one of the unexpected health benefits of singing is that it can improve your social life. The bonds you form singing with others can be profound since there’s a level of intimacy naturally involved.

Singing boosts your confidence

Stage fright is a common feeling for new singers. However, performing well and receiving praise from your friends and family may be the key to eventually overcoming your fears and boosting your self-confidence. With time, you may even find it easier to present any type of material in front of a group with poise and good presentation skills.

Singing broadens communication skills

For example, singing to babies helps prepare their brains for language. Music is just as important as teaching reading and writing at a young age to prevent language problems later in life. If you enjoy writing your own lyrics, honing this talent can improve your ability to communicate in different ways.

Singing increases your ability to appreciate other singers

Sometimes, you don’t realize how difficult something is until you try it yourself. As you grow from an amateur to an intermediate student and beyond, you’ll be looking to the masters for inspiration. You might even find a new style of music to appreciate that you wouldn’t normally listen to!

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your hear (Ephesians 5:18-19)

Everyone has a song in their heart. Release it loud. Sing in the shower, Sing in the living room. Just keep singing, and you will bring joy to your heart and that of your family.

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