We went Christmas Caroling last night to home of our elderly church members homes and visited some in nursing homes… What fun we had… The happiness seen in the people we visited made it worth freezing our tails off… lol
Music Therapy …… Benefits of Caroling
Here’s a BBC article on the benefits of singing Christmas carols. There’s nothing new in it, but it’s a nice round up of the various ways singing is good for your overall health. Back 30 years ago you’d have only seen stuff like this in music therapy texts or in books in the back of theosophist book stores. The commonplace acceptance of the benefits of music making these days is very gratifying, and a sign of how much things have changed.
“As it’s an aerobic activity singing improves heart health with related benefits to overall health and is linked to longevity, stress reduction, and general health maintenance. Singing also brings a great amount of happiness. It is impossible to sing well with a long face because it affects your pitch. Keeping the positive momentum up is essential. If we smile as we sing then people soon feel the benefit in more ways than one. There is also the adrenalin kick brought on by a performance – a sensation familiar to both professional opera singers and even anyone brave enough to step up to the microphone to sing in front of their friends in the pub. . . .