I was recently sent a video of my 7 year old nephew singing. His mother had put him to bed, wished him sweet dreams and turned out the light. Passing his bedroom door that evening she heard the sound of her sons voice. Song after song from the film the Greatest Showman, sung so sweetly until at last the singing stopped and sleep prevailed.
Needless to say, the video clip of his singing through his bedroom door is absolutely adorable and has firmly established the Greatest Showman soundtrack as my ear worm for the week. Even as I write this, I hum along in my own little world and feel so calm and content.
This got me thinking about the wellbeing benefits of singing and how wonderful it was that my nephew, whether consciously or unconsciously was able to use this medium to relax, soothe and send himself off to sleep.
So what are the benefits and why should we all be singing? This question took me to Google and the Take Lessons Live site. It seems that singing is a marvel when it comes it our physical, social and emotional health and wellbeing. Singing not only improves our posture, respiratory and circulatory systems but it also aids sleep (I knew my nephew was on to a good thing!), reduces stress, acts as a natural antidepressant, helps improve our confidence, communication and our relationships with others. What’s not to love?!
So let’s follow my nephews lead and sing! Sing gently and lovingly, sing our hearts our and sing as though no one is listening.
“Ah but I can’t sing,” I hear people say.
Yes you can, we an all sing! The Be the Jellyfish motto applies here – There is ‘no right or wrong’ when it comes to creating, so create and nurture your voice, your sound, your song and feel the benefits today.