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How Singing Can Bring You Better Health

Audrey Hunt, a renowned vocal coach, shares valuable information for singing like a professional. Learn how to improve your present voice.

Singing can help modulate mood.

Singing can help modulate mood.

How Singing Boosts Your Immune System

Singing Boosts Your Immune System.

Yes, that's right. It really does. Singing can make you healthy and happy and studies have shown this to be absolutely true. A study published in ecancermedicalscience shows a direct relationship between the immune system, singing, and a positive attitude sprinkled with laughter.

Here's more:

  • Singing tends to boost immunoglobulin A (an antibody that fights upper respiratory disease); and it tends to boost killer T-cells, which are antibodies that fight infection.
  • Our immune system is being challenged constantly by making unhealthy choices when we eat as well as lack of exercise, pollution and stress. If we don't have a strong immune system we become susceptible to germs. And you know what that means.
  • If you are one of the many people who have a 'hang-up' about singing, it might be a good idea to simply let it go and begin the habit of singing every day. It only takes a couple of minutes and you can combine it with other activities.
  • Singing is easy and fun and can be done while driving, cleaning, showering, gardening and even while doing the laundry. And you don't have to sound like your favorite vocalist to sing. If you can speak, you can sing. Why? Because singing is sustained speech supported by air.
I always include a little aerobic activity before warming up my voice.

I always include a little aerobic activity before warming up my voice.

Singing Offers Health Benefits

The health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological.

  • Singing has physical benefits because it is an aerobic activity that increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups in the upper body, even when sitting.
  • Singing has psychological benefits because of its positive effect in reducing stress levels through the action of the endocrine system which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. (Another reason I smile more than the average bear.)
  • Singing exercises your heart and lungs therefore prolonging life.
  • Singing makes you feel good because it produces endorphins.
  • Your posture will improve as you sing.
  • Singing improves mental alertness.
  • Circulation improves when singing.
  • Belly breathing used in singing aids in relaxation of body and mind.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing, used in singing, increases oxygenation in the blood stream.

These benefits are rewarding enough to change anyone's thinking as to whether they should sing in spite of how they sound. and further more we are born to sing!

Singing Is Your Birthright

Singing belongs to everyone, not just a selected few. And because singing can aid in keeping you healthy and happy, now is the time to claim that right and to fill your heart and soul with song.

You can even write your own song ( compose ), by adding a melody to your very thoughts. You can make up any melody you like. Don't judge your composition and your song doesn't have to be perfect. Once your song is complete, sing your words and thoughts freely and make it fun.

When I teach new students to sing, I ask each one to introduce themselves by singing their first and last name. The second step to get each one to sing is to add to their name what it is they love to do.

An example: Sing - "My name is hub honey and I love to write." Make your melody go up and down, fast or slow, high and low. Forget about making sense, how you sound, or if it's right or wrong. Just do it!

When you were born, you sang your first song in the form of a very loud, well formed, cry. You didn't give a hoot about anyone in the room liking your cry. You formed your pitch all by yourself and resonated your full marvelous sound as you proudly announced your arrival into this wonderful world.

Your own unique and individual sound is waiting to be released and set free. The reward for singing your song is less stress, a good feeling, and better health.

And this...is How Singing Can Make You Healthy and Happy.

Release those "feel good" Seratonin levels by singing each day. Even humming is beneficial.

Release those "feel good" Seratonin levels by singing each day. Even humming is beneficial.

Singing Helps Stroke Victims to Speak Again

Stroke victims can be helped by singing. The area of the brain which controls singing is in a different area than for speaking. So if the speech is affected during a stroke, they can learn to make vowel sounds by singing.

At Harvard Medical School in Boston, Dr. Gottfried Schlaug (neurology professor), led a trial on this. He discovered that after a single session, stroke patients who were are not able to form any intelligible words learned to say the phrase "I am thirsty" by combining each syllable with the note of a melody.

Supporting My Family As A Singer

I'm so very blessed to have had a mother to encourage me to sing. She found opportunities which led me to sing publicly from the time I was four years of age. I started out as a church vocalist at the age of 7. The thing I enjoyed most was entertaining seniors with demensia and those who were just plain lonely.

I love to sing. My singing voice and piano interpretations helped me support three children and a dog.

I worked hard. If I wasn't on a stage somewhere in Hawaii or out in the middle of the ocean on a cruise ship performing, I was busy using my voice to teach others how to sing. I'm not complaining. I'm thankful that I could make a good living for my family doing what I love most. I've been able to live my dream and share my passion with grateful audiences through music.

But more importantly, I've been a pretty happy person in spite of life's ups and downs. And I know there is a direct connection to singing and being happy.

It doesn't matter whether you sing well or just get by. Can't carry a tune in a bucket you say? So what? It isn't a great voice that makes you happy and healthy, It's the act of singing that does the job.

Singing is merely sustained speech. Just start with one word and hold on to it and that, my friend is singing.

The late Karen Carpenter was a singer extraordinaire.

The late Karen Carpenter was a singer extraordinaire.

Just Sing, Sing a Song

The late singer, Karen Carpenter, had a voice of velvet. Along with her brother Richard they recorded a string of top 10 hits in the early '70s. Karen died of heart failure brought on by anorexia nervosa in February of 1983.

Sing Was one of Karen's most loved songs. It was written by Louis Prima and contains a wonderful message for us all.

"Sing; sing a song

Sing out loud

Sing out strong

Sing of good things, not bad

Sing of happy not sad

Sing; sing a song

Make it happy

To last your whole lifelong

Don't care if it's not good enough

For anyone else to hear

Just sing—sing a song."

So much wisdom is found in this song. The lyrics send a truthful message. What do we care whether or not others like our singing? Belting out a song is fun and it doesn't cost a cent. And what's more...it's healthy.

You're going to be surprised as you discover the wonderful health benefits of singing a song. Mentally you'll be more positive, and physically, just using the diaphragmatic muscle brings energy and a feeling of well-being.

Teaching diaphragmatic breathing (belly breath) to develop the voice and beautify the tone.  Note the good posture.

Teaching diaphragmatic breathing (belly breath) to develop the voice and beautify the tone. Note the good posture.

How Does Breathing From the Belly Improve My Health?

Your entire body breathes, and your whole body is affected in a positive way when you breathe right. Between each breath, a small amount of carbon dioxide stays in your lungs and just sets there getting stale.

If you breathe from your chest instead of your belly, an imbalance occurs in pretty much everything in your body and nervous system. Breathing from your belly (diaphragmatic breathing) helps to squeeze out that stale air and gives plenty of room in your lungs for new, oxygen-rich air. Here's a link for learning the belly breath.

Most of us breathe the wrong way. Your body wants to breathe in the way it was designed to by using the belly and lower ribcage and not the chest.

Changing your breathing will boost your immune system, give you energy and help you relax. It also lowers the oxidative stress that causes aging and fuels every cell in your body. How about that?

Get busy and learn diaphragmatic breathing to improve your mind, body, and soul.

Belly Breathing or Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise

Picture a balloon inside your body. As you inhale your rib cage inflates with air. When you exhale the air is released slowly deflating the lungs and rib cage.

Inhale by inflating the ribcageHold in air for 5-10 secondsRelease air slowly while hissingRepeat exercise sitting or lying on back with feet flat on the floor

Take a deep comfortable breath firming up the diaphragm

Draw the air up through the vocal cords

Sing a favorite phrase

Release the air slowly as you sing

Lay on the floor on your back with the feet flat on the floor.

Place a book on your abdomen.

Lift the book as you inhale

Exhale slowly and lower the book

Sing Daily For A Happier, Healthier Life

I sincerely want to encourage you to make the choice to sing. And encourage family members to sing as well. Group singing is sometimes easier because the tune is being shared by others.

Older folks who spend endless days filled with loneliness just love to hear singing. Take your family to a rest home or nursing home for the elderly and entertain them with a song or two.

Join a church or community choir. The world will never turn down a song - especially when it comes from the heart.

The message is clear. Singing is good for your health. As my dad used to say, "Singing is good for what ails you."

Don't allow your own lack of confidence prevent you from expressing yourself through singing. Change your thinking to change your voice. Maybe it's time to stop comparing your unique vocal sound to your favorite artist. Flush all negativity down the toilet where it belongs.

Accept your voice regardless of what anyone says. Embrace your own sound to live a healthy and happy life.

Sing with joy!

Sources

www.npr.org/sections/health/-shots-20ll/12/26/144152193/singing-therapy

Fancourt, D., Williamon, A., Carvalho, L. A., Steptoe, A., Dow, R., & Lewis, I. (2016). Singing modulates mood, stress, cortisol, cytokine and neuropeptide activity in cancer patients and carers. Ecancermedicalscience , 10 , 631. doi:10.3332/ecancer.2016.631

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 23, 2016:

ladyguitarpicker - Thank you for your inspiring comments. I know, because of your marvelous attitude, you will make the best of your situation. Your vocal bands are like two guitar strings which vibrate to produce sound - singing. Just imagine that you are playing a tune on your guitar using your voice.

Do not judge your sound. Accept it and begin to enjoy it. Make music with your voice. If you need some help - I'm here.

My best to you Stella.

Audrey

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on January 11, 2016:

I know you are right singing is very healthy, like all music. I have found that playing the guitar helps with my Parkinson Disease, it is very helpful. I am blessed to still teach, I am trying to sing but am self conscious. Thanks, stella

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 20, 2015:

catmalone - You're the type of person that makes me happy I wrote this hub. I do hope you will sing more often - every day! I'm glad you left your comments and thanks so much for being here.

Happy Hubbing

audrey

catmalone on July 20, 2015:

I didn't realize that singing had many health benefits behind it. Very great hub with useful information. Maybe I'll start singing more often.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 18, 2015:

pstraubie

You express the beautiful effects of music brilliantly! Thank you so very much. I appreciate your vote, ratings and sharing. Have a wonderful day!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 17, 2015:

Awesome!!!

Singing can soothe the raw edges and make us laugh and smile and cry ....provoking us in a way almost nothing else can. I have written about music too. It just seems to bridge the gaps we feel at times when we are at a loss to express our feelings. Sing a song...how can you not be bubbling over with joy when you hear or sing that little number. Thank you for sharing this.

Voted Up up and Away g+ tweeted shared

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 21, 2014:

Mary,

You were fortunate to have such a good music teacher at your school. Her influence is most likely one reason you still like to sing.

Thank you for being touched by my father's story. He was a courageous man.

Hugs,

Audrey

dahoglund

It's so great that you sing along with your records. Singing is truly good for your health!

Bobbie

The dead need to be awakened every now and then, so sing away! On a serious note (no pun intended) I doubt that your singing is the way you've described. You most likely have a nice sounding voice but just don't recognize that it is.

How marvelous that you husband was blessed with such a beautiful voice. Thank you for your very kind comments my friend.

Keep singing now!

Hugs,

Audrey

Dream On,

I would love to sit down and talk with you about singing. I KNOW anyone can sing. I've trained thousands to sing that thought there was no hope.

I've always wanted to draw. My daughter never had lessons but can draw anything. Feeling intimidated, I stopped trying.

Then I met a woman who teaches drawing and she invited me to take lessons. I was apprehensive but I finally agreed. I found out that all I needed to be better at drawing was a little education. The pieces began to fit together and I progressed enough to make my own thank you cards.

It's the same with singing. Anyone can be trained. Finding the right teacher is crucial. I'm so glad to see you here my friend. And I love the last three lines of your comments. :) Audrey

DREAM ON on November 20, 2014:

I can't tell you how happy I was to read your voice changing hub. We all get so busy doing all the things we have to in one day it's sometimes impossible to do everything we want. I spend so much time trying to write my hubs it leaves me with little time to read other peoples hubs. When I do I never want to stop reading because I get so excited and interested what other people love that I can't help but love what they love. Even if I never thought about it before. Well I can go on and on but that is whole another story. I love to sing but don't remember the words so I am constantly making up new words. When I was in school many years ago my music teacher told me to mouth the words and that would be fine. I never recovered and have been whisper singing my whole life. So soft that you would need an amplifier to hear anything. When I go in the shower I make sure my head is completely under the water and then I sing louder. Before I read your hub I believed there were two types of singers those who do and those who can't. They were the people who smiled and hummed quietly to themselves. Wow what a hub. I went through each comment loving your hub even more. I am heading to the shower and I am going to sing now. Old habits our hard to break but I will be back to read your hub a few more times. Your message is wonderful and do you really believe anyone can sing??? You have to be able to carry a tune ? I thought you have to have a God given talent passed down from generation to generation from grandparent to parent to their children. Like people who play instruments. They have the natural ability. I have so many questions for you and I have so much space to fill. I don't want to overwhelm you so I will stop for now. Thank you from the lips of my mouth to the bottom of my diaphragm. I almost forgot to say great educational, motivational, inspiring jewel of a hub.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 04, 2014:

suzettenaples -

You are such a dear. Thank you for sharing your story about how you thought you couldn't sing, but joined a choir and found out you could! I'm saving your comment to add on my website when it's completed. Thank you and sing with joy!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 04, 2014:

I love this hub! You are always so encouraging to everyone about singing. You always say anyone can sing, which is so helpful to those who don't want to sing because they think they can't. I used to be one of those people who thought I can't carry a tune. Then, at the urging of a friend, I joined a choir in Naples, FL. It was the best thing I ever did. I learned to control my voice and sing pretty well. Then, I thought, I had wasted so many singing years thinking I couldn't couldn't carry a tune and embarrassed to sing. All it takes is practice to find your singing voice and we all have one deep inside of us. I agree with all you say here, singing does help the immune system and our health in general. Singing always lifted my spirits no matter how badly I was feeling at the time. Thanks for a fascinating hub.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on October 22, 2014:

I love to sing and do it at home where no one can hear me. After I have the strep throat 5 times the Streptococcus germ changed my singing voice. I think I am now tone death or I could never sing in the beginning.

However, I enjoy singing at home and my Sweet Angel loves it. My husband has a deep voice and can sing like an Angel. He does not sing as much since he has dementia, but I still encourage him to sing and sometimes he will.

You are such a blessing to us all sharing all the wonders of a God-given talent that many have received as a gift.

I sing anyway, and I am sure this Halloween I will wake the dead.

Have a wonderful Wednesday.

Your friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 27, 2014:

I never thought of singing as aerobic, but thinking about it, it would be. I am quite self conscious about singing so I mostly do it when I am listening to records by myself. voted up and sahred.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 27, 2014:

I attended a very small country school, but we were fortunate to have a wonderful music teacher. She taught us to sing the scales with the two fingers between the front teeth. We had a Glee Club, and later on in life, I sang in the church choir.

I don't sing as well as I used to, but I still love to sing! Reading about your Father got me teary eyed; so sad. I saw that adorably dog of yours, Chancey!

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 10, 2014:

Yay for vocalist, AudreyHowitt! A woman of endless talents and perfect breathing!

Audrey Howitt from California on April 19, 2014:

Yay for singing!! Yay for you Audrey! Singing is like breathing I think!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 26, 2014:

Millionaire Tips - Just love your comments. Glad you learned a thing or two here. Things just go better when we are positive. Thanks a lot!

Shasta Matova from USA on February 25, 2014:

What a happy hub! I enjoyed listening to the song as I continued to read about the benefits of singing. I knew of many of them - it makes me happy, but I didn't realize it counted as good exercise, made me have better posture, etc. I admire your family for what they have gone through and yet continue to keep their positive attitude.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 14, 2014:

Hi Deaver - It's all about breathing correctly (from the diaphragm.) Breath management, along with relaxing the tongue and face muscles will keep your throat from aching. Your singing sound 'rides' on air which is the cushion for the breath. Before you spend $60 on a lesson, try my CD (shown above from Amazon.) Your throat should never ache when you sing :)

John Adams from Austin, TX on February 14, 2014:

Thanks for the encouragement. When I can afford it (son in college, you know, and $60 for a half hour adds up in a hurry) I'm thinking about restarting voice lessons so that can sing without my throat aching. I have zero clue about what I'd do with it afterward, but maybe at least I could sing along in the car without paying for it the next day!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 14, 2014:

Hello Nadine - Just knowing that my hub has inspired you to think about joining a choir has made me glad I wrote this. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Peace and happiness to you ~ Audrey

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 13, 2014:

Mark Bronze ~ Thank you so much!

DeaverTex - You said, "after you've heard enough people tell you that you shouldn't sing, it becomes your reality." This is so very true and it's so very sad. The great singer "Barbra Streisand" was told that she couldn't sing several times. Hard to imagine. People have a 'pre-conceive' idea of what singing is. Most of them are wrong. I sincerely hope you will sing once again. It just isn't fair or right for anyone on this planet to tell you to stop singing. I'm so glad you've shared this with me. ~ Audrey

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 12, 2014:

fiftyish ~ I felt as though you and I were talking directly to each other. I'm nodding my head up and down in direct approval with your comments. :) You've shared such wonderful thoughts here. So very glad you dropped by. I must go check out your hubs and learn a little more about you. Happy days and keep playing that guitar and singing! Audrey

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 10, 2014:

Thank you for this wonderfull hub on a topic i have never invested in at all. Gosh you have inspired me to see if i could join a choir.thank you. And thank you for sharing your story about your parents.

John Adams from Austin, TX on January 20, 2014:

I think that many, or maybe even most, folks have been told at one point or another that they shouldn't sing. I had a couple of teachers tell me to mouth the words in school, and my Mom -- who was always singing around the house, and not very well either -- asked me not to sing any number of times. Heck, even my wife has told me to shut up on many occasions. (It's kind of funny, because she will tell me that I have a reasonably good voice, and then ask me to please stop singing.)

Anyhow, my point is that after you've heard enough people tell you that you shouldn't sing, it becomes your reality. Once you're properly ashamed of your voice, you stop singing where anyone might hear. I don't think it's all that unusual for this to be extended to singing where nobody will hear you, and you stop singing entirely.

Besides, if I start singing it might make me healthy and happy, but it will make the people who might hear me sick and sad. It makes my throat ache anyhow -- which does NOT make me happy.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 03, 2014:

..vellure I'm thrilled that you like to sing. No one should be embarrassed to let their song soar. And we each have a song inside of us that wants to be released. It's our birthright. Thank you y friend and sing with joy! - Audrey

Andy Aitch from UK & South East Asian Region on January 02, 2014:

Audrey, I couldn't agree with your more, that's a beautiful hub.

The world would be a much nicer place if people just let the notes flow out; but they don't, or not like they used to anyway. Where I come from, the Milkman used to whistle as he went about his rounds, the postman would be signing quietly to himself, and others standing at bus stops and in long queues would happily be humming away.

Alas, it seems as though griping has replaced singing and the uttering musical sounds, and that has an opposite effect on health! I think that singing is so important to the health and wellbeing of individuals - and a nation - that it should be made compulsory ;) And what about laughter? It's been proven that terminally ill people have laughed themselves back to good health by constantly exposing themselves to all those things that have them in stitches.

I like to unwind of an evening by playing guitar and singing, and I'm pretty sure the neighbours appreciate my efforts too, otherwise why else would the BANG, BANG, BANG on the wall in time with my melodies :)

Andy Aitch

PS - I've never seen so many comments, so well done you for hitting the right note with your topic here ;)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 02, 2014:

Great hub, positively inspiring. Singing brings great joy and peace to the soul. You have put it so well - singing belongs to everyone. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 09, 2013:

la la la la bee bop baloobop!compu-smart - Love your singing:) Glad to see you here!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 09, 2013:

la la la la bee bop baloobop!compu-smart - Love your singing:) Glad to see you here!

Compu-Smart from London UK on July 09, 2013:

I was very surprised to read all this about the benefits of singing. I suppose the proofs in the pudding.......

Oh yeah, oh yeah, la la la la la lala. bee bop baloobop......

Umm, I may need to practice how to sing first!!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 17, 2013:

FlourishAnyway -

I have found that people who love to sing are more happy and productive. So, kudus to you! As for your teenager, just watch him - he will be imitating you one day and of course his teen will be embarrassed :)

Thanks for being here and keep on singing!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 17, 2013:

Hi Peggy -

The benefits of singing are proven to be more elaborate than we can imagine. Like you, I grew up singing as my household chores were being done. I'm so glad you paid me a visit and want to thank you for the generous votes and for sharing. Take care.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 17, 2013:

I love to sing anything -- mostly made up songs that embarrass my teenager. (Of course, everything embarrasses my teen, though.) Great to know it has health benefits as well as being so enjoyable!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2013:

I love to sing and grew up singing with my family doing ordinary things like washing and drying dishes or riding in the car. It was a part of our lives. I sound great in the shower! Haha! Wonderful to know the great benefits of singing. UUI votes and sharing.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 06, 2013:

My mom has passed away and I still can hear her singing. I never knew anyone like her to whistle and sing. She and Dad might have just had a spat or she just got home from a funeral and there she went! She couldn't not sing. People loved to be around her.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 02, 2013:

Dear Deborah - I loved reading your poem and went back and reread it again. Just wonderful! Thanks precious lady for reading my hub and always supporting me. Hugs and love.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 31, 2012:

Hello how are you? Happy new year.. I tried to send you an email but i am not good at that.. I want you to know the last poem I wrote about Dedicated to all the men that love.. It means that all the women that love all the men.. lol

I change a few words.. misunderstanding

love your hub here.. always your hubs are fantastic

many blessings

Debbie

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 14, 2012:

Hello Debby - I'm very happy to know that you sing. And if you need my help, just let me know!

Bringing music into cooking is a double treat. Food is sure to taste better when the cook is filled with the joy of song. And adding to this, when we truly sing with all the joy we can possibly feel, our voice is energized and sounds so good.

Sending you a hub hug and thank you Debby~

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 11, 2012:

Dear Rusticliving - I started singing with joy the day you were placed in my arms to be my very own. To be your Mother is an honor and glorious blessing. I will continue to sing your praises until I am called home - and even after. Endless love to my babygirl!

Debby Bruck on November 26, 2012:

Dear Audrey ~ Very inspirational story about the role of singing, smiling and happiness no matter what challenges we must face. Truly admire your family for giving you the gift of song and music. I'm now singing. And, just listened to a broadcast interview of an African Chef who brings music into his cooking. Just a few words tips me off into song from some time in my life. Or simply saying, "la, la, la..." Blessings to you, Debby

Liz Rayen from California on November 26, 2012:

Fabulous Hub vocalcoach! You know how I love to sing and love to teach singing. I have used your methods as well as my own for so many years that it is second nature. Singing does make us happy as well as healthy. Music is the universal language and can break all barriers. Thumbs up and shared again and again! ♥

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 22, 2012:

mary615 - I'm delighted to find another pianist and singer who has enjoyed bringing music into the home. How blessed you are. Thank you for liking my hub and for sharing your lovely comments. Also thanks for the tweet, pin, sharing and for voting up. Sing with joy!

Mekenzie - Hello. I have really enjoyed reading your comments. I can tell that you have read every word of my hub and related to it in every way. I like your comment stating that singing lifts ones burdens. It truly does. thank you so much for the vote up, beautiful and for sharing. Enjoy your evening my friend. Hugs back!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 22, 2012:

davenstand - What a clever way to teach your daughter to speak. Wonderful! Thanks for enjoying this hub and also for adding that "everyone has a dance." :)

carol7777 - Thank you for posting this on facebook. I appreciate that. And posting older hubs is a good thing to do. With new people on FB every minute of the day, many of them miss the older hubs. My best to you carol!

maggs224 - Hi there! So glad to see you here. You just keep right on singing day and night, rain or shine, happy or sad. Thanks!

Susan Ream from Michigan on September 22, 2012:

You really hit a home run with this one dear friend. Singing lifts ones burdens and reflects ones joy better than anything else I know of. I love music and when I immerse myself in it I am transported into it's folds.

I haven't been singing much lately .. just listening. Your hub reminded me of the importance of singing .. thank you!

Your Daddy sounds like such a wonderful man and example. What a blessing it must have been to call him Father.

Loved listening to Karen Carpenter .. her voice so rich and touching .. I miss her.

Thanks for inspiring me today with your hub. I'm off to do some singing now.

Voted Up, beautiful and shared

Hugs!

Mekenzie

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 22, 2012:

I loved this Hub! Singing has always been a part of my life. I play piano, and my children has spent many a happy hour or two singing together. I have four daughters and I told them they could be another "Andrews Sisters" (remember them?).

I voted this UP, shared, Pinned and Tweeted.

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on August 01, 2012:

Fabulous hub I really enjoyed reading and I love to sing now even though my voice is not the best in the world and guess what I don't really care because it feels good to sing :D

carol stanley from Arizona on July 30, 2012:

I posted on facebook as this felt so happy to read. I know it is not a new hub but it is new for me.

Katina Davenport on May 22, 2012:

I taught my daughter to speak by singing to her. I made up a song called Jesus I Love You. She loved that song. Needless to say her first words her Jesus and mom.

I will admit that I sing the most when I am happy. Maybe I should sing a little more to add a boost to my immune system.

I enjoyed this hub very much. Oh, and the song by Karen Carpenter is sang on Sesame Street. I know that one pretty well. Everyone has a voice, just as I say that everyone has a dance.

Great hub!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 06, 2012:

Dear Stephanie ~ I love that you are inspired by my hub. And I absolutely love that you sing for the mear joy of singing.

Now that you have learned what the health benefits are, may you continue to sing, my friend and honor your own belief which is the smile it brings to everyones face.

And BTW, I am one of your biggest fans. Just love your hubs! Thank you for voting up and sharing.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 05, 2012:

Your hub is truly inspiring! I've always loved to sing, (though those around me don't love to hear me)and I do feel better when I do so. I never realized that there are actually health benefits to singing! I'm a firm believer that people should sing - even if they sign off key and don't know the words. It brings a smile to everyone's face -- just like this hub! Voted up and shared!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 04, 2012:

My "blessing of the day" came in the form of a "comment" from tillsontitan. That's right! I've read this comment from you three times. I never want to forget one word you have said here.

I have read some of your hubs on music and I connect with you my friend. They are absolutely wonderful!

A smile came across my face while reading how you taught your children and grandchildren the song "Sing." What an impact those lyrics give.

I'm thrilled to see your vote up and across the board as it confirms that I have written something worthwhile.

Thank you!

Mary Craig from New York on April 04, 2012:

I am so glad I read this hub. I, like many of the others who have commented, have been singing all my life. First with my father while he played piano, then in school choirs, then in a church folk group, and lastly to my children and grandchildren. The funny thing is I always sang the Carpenter song to them to teach them so they would know they didn't have to worry if they were "good enough for anyone else to hear" as long as they just sang. I love music and music and singing go hand in hand. (As you know I've written several hubs about music.) Also, might I just add, when you sing religious songs you pray twice!

Lastly, I had to comment about your Dad, he must've been a fantastic person and it would seem to me he left a wonderful legacy to you which you continue to live and I'm sure give to your children.

Voted across the board!! Thanks for SHARING.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 29, 2012:

Dee ~ so pleased to know that you are singing when you garden, do housework, in the car - whenever you sing you are giving yourself a gift.

Knowing how much you have enjoyed my hub and reading your kind comments is the best way to end my long day.

Thank you Dee...so much. Take good care!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 29, 2012:

Dear Gail ~ How I loved hearing about Alzheimers patients actually singing to others. Absolutely inspiring! I have never heard of this before. It brought me to tears, especially knowing that after the performance was over, these dear people could not remember the wonderful gift they had given to others.

I'm thrilled that this hub brought you some news on the various benefits of singing. It's really quite amazing just what singing a little each day can do for our health.

I still dream about your hub on ice cream. What a treat!

Thank you for your sweet bouquet of hubhugs my dear and faithful friend!

Dee aka Nonna on March 28, 2012:

I thought I would drop in since I hadn't for a while. The title caught my eye. I love to sing....I don't do it very well but it doesn't stop me when I doing the housework, working in the yard or garden, in the car...and it does make me happen and the burden of whatever I am doing lighter.

Great hub....enjoyed every bit of it very, very much.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on March 25, 2012:

What a fabulous hub about the health benefits of singing regardless of whether or not we have a singing voice that's deemed pleasing to others.

I love the way you included research and personal stories to back up what you were saying and I was not aware of the specific health benefits of singing before reading this hub.

There is a woman in my town who takes a group of Alzheimer's patients to other senior centers and schools during the Christmas Season and the Alzheimer's patients sing Christmas Carols onstage and entertain large groups. The woman said that they remember the tunes and songs automatically once she prompts them and that it's very evident from the smiles on their faces that the patients enjoy giving the performances even though they don't remember it afterwards!

As a homecare nurse I'd seen individual Alzheimer's patients respond positively to singing, especially if it was done with young children but I was amazed that a whole group could perform onstage together.

Thanks for sharing this upbeat hub that shows us the joys and benefits of singing and I'm so glad you liked the songs I picked out for you in my ice cream hub!

Sending a Bouquet of Hub Hugs to you, my talented singing friend,

Gail

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 25, 2012:

Jools - Just watched the video. Your daughter is so beautiful. She has a nice voice. She actually sounds better than most of my private vocal students! You must be very proud. Thanks.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on March 25, 2012:

Vocalcoach, you can see her by typing in 'adamandjaney' on You Tube, there are a few videos of her there with her guitarist/other band member, Adam.

Here is her acoustic rendition of 'Set Fire To The Rain' by Adele, sang in my spare room!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjgjF4cSLVg

Hope you like it.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 24, 2012:

ripplemaker ~ How are you my friend? So great to see you here. You do healing work. Marvelous! The vibrations from singing (chanting) aid in connecting your energy to another's energy, opening up a vast channel.

I would like to hear more about your work. Peace and love!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 24, 2012:

Dolores, dear friend ~ It sounds like your home is blessed with music and joy. Believe me, you are doing the right thing. Singing will build lasting memories.

Our daddys are missed - they aren't far away. Thanks for the vote and share.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 24, 2012:

beadreamer247 ~ You should see the smile on my face after reading your comments. :-) I loved the story about driving your son's friend home.

You are my kind of person! Music here, music there, music, music, everywhere! Thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 24, 2012:

Anjili - Glad you agree that music is a marvelous thing!

It touches the spirit when nothing else can. Thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 24, 2012:

Jools99 - I would love to see the video of your daughter singing. You gave me a laugh when I read that she puts her fingers in her ears when you sing. :-)

It's wonderful that singing is an on-going practice in your house. Thanks for the vote up!

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on March 24, 2012:

I now understand why when I sing I start to feel good and happy. All these reasons make me smile. Also, when I do healing work I also do some chants. It somehow comforts the person. Thanks for this. :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 22, 2012:

Dear Audrey ~ Am pleased as punch to see you here. Wow! Would give anything to meet you and talk shop. Thanks so much for liking my hub and putting your stamp of approval here. :-)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 22, 2012:

acaetnna - Singing opens the door to our emotions. A much more "civil" way to self-expression. Nice to see you hear my friend. Take care and thanks.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on March 22, 2012:

Hi, Vocal Coach - I love this hub (voted up). One day I said something to my next door neighbor (this was years ago) and said that I was sorry if we made a lot of noise - we are a rather loud bunch. She laughed. She said what she hears coming out of our house is singing! I thought that was so cool! But maybe she didn't mean it as a compliment, haha.

The story about your dad was so sweet and beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes. Your father sounds awesome. My own dad was a great whistler.

beadreamer247 from Zephyrhills, FL on March 22, 2012:

Guess what I am doing almost 24/7....except for at work or when I am sleeping...I listen to music and sing along! Just love music - it is my life. And I think it is the strongest memory for my kids - Mom in the car driving and singing along!

I've been singing along since I was a young girl....and I would never stop.

My son once had a friend over and I had to bring him home. Just before we got in the car my son prepared his friend:"Oh, my Mom never drives without music and she sings along"....I had to grin and laugh. Never will forget this incident! Yes, that's his mom.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 21, 2012:

Ah Duffsmom ~ As you already know, it's such a pleasure to write a hub which your readers find informative. So thanks for bringing me a nice slice of joy!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 21, 2012:

mvalvata ~ You do me honor and I thank you. And you have experienced many times both emotionally and physically how singing can change us. To know that my hub has shown you why you experience such positive changes makes me very happy.

I know you will be a success as you encourage others to sing. I appreciate your sharing my hub with others.

Continue singing and enjoy the process!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 21, 2012:

ThePracticalMommy ~ You sing for all the right reasons. And how wonderful that you have your class involved in singing too.

I'd love to hear that little man of yours sing. How cute.

Thanks so much for your vote up, useful and awesome.

Keep on singing!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 18, 2012:

Alyss08 How nice ro find you here on my singing hub.Your words of wisdome could have come right out of a book.

SanneL - How precious of you to come back here to read my hub again and to sing to me on my birthday.Very thoughtful and kind. And I know there will be plenty of music with much variate, Thank you for making my BDay Special.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 18, 2012:

Ruchira - Thanks so much for your voting up and awesome.

I have a song in my heart because you came by and liked my hub!

Enelle - You're lucky to have a job where you can just let loose and sing. Wonderful! I'm pleased that you liked my hub and enjoyed it so much. Thank you!

Daisy Mariposa - I'm so happy to find that you are inspired by my article. That means so much to me. And for the record...Oh yes...I most definetely would love to hear you sing. Yes mam'. Anytime!

Ytsenoh - Thanks for the thumbs up on my article.Im touched that you liked the story about my dad and how he used singing to get through rough times. And yes, music does have a great effect on us in so many ways. Thank for enjoying this hub!

Anjili from planet earth, a humanoid on March 18, 2012:

You are right. Music is a wonderful gift from heaven upon mankind. We get elated when harmonious vibes come our way. Good share

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on March 15, 2012:

I sing quite a lot but my daughter sings brilliantly (she's on You Tube and recently sang at a big venue near where we live) so whilst I do hum and sing whilst doing stuff like housework; I am often drowned out by her belting out some chart hits - I don't mind though, I know she gets as much out of the action of singing as I do - though I may have seen her put her fingers in her ears when I'm doing it. Voted up.

Audrey Howitt from California on March 14, 2012:

Let's hear it for singing!! Everyday!! Thank you Audrey!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2012:

Worldofwow - I'm glad to know that you sing and that you feel good after you sing. We sure need more of it in this world. Good for you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2012:

Mark - I'm so glad to see you here. It truly is quite amazing just how good singing is for us. The health benefits of singing have only been realized in the past few years. Thanks for the vote up!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2012:

Just Ask Susan - You were lucky to be part of the choir when you were in school. When singing is our passion, a choir fills that certain need. I do hope you are still singing. I am in the process of making a video (1 is me singing and others are instructional videos for singers.)

I am hoping they will be ready for viewing in June.

Thanks Susan!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2012:

Sunshine - Your comment gave me quite a laugh. Now, you listen up - you keep right on singing, ya hear? I want to hear you loud and clear! I will love every note you sing.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2012:

Ana - What a beautiful memory to keep with your mum humming around the house. It's hard to be anything but happy when you hum.I'm so glad you liked my hub enough to vote up and to share it with others. I appreciate that!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2012:

SanneL - I am touched as I read how your father used to sing to you. Please carry that on regardless of your impression of your vocal skill. And humming is a wonderful thing to do. Thanks for the vote up and away and for sharing.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2012:

Kelleyward - You're a good mom! Singing with your boys as you dance together will build great memories for them. These are the things that matter the most. As you have said - it's a great way to connect. Thank you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2012:

Sueswan - There's something about singing that just makes a person feel good. Glad to hear that you will be singing more. Enjoy every note and thanks for leaving such a nice comment.

acaetnna from Guildford on March 03, 2012:

Wow - simply awesomme - you are so, so right!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 01, 2012:

brittanytodd - I am so very pleased that you liked this article. And the song "Sing" always inspires me as it confirms what I have always known - anyone can sing.

Thank you.

P. Thorpe Christiansen from Pacific Northwest, USA on February 26, 2012:

Well done vocalcoach. Very informative and interesting.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 25, 2012:

Will ~ Ha ha ha! Oh my gosh, you are so funny. I love it!

mvaivata on February 22, 2012:

Let me begin with something only marginally related to your hub: You are an inspiring lady. I have always loved to sing, and find it heartening to read about someone who has been able to live their life doing it professionally.

Now... on to your hub. This is incredibly interesting article. I've always known that when I sing, and I mean really, truly put everything into it, I feel not only emotionally better, but physically. Although I was always thrilled by that, I never really knew why. This hub has really enlightened me.

Thank you for taking so much time to put this hub together. I will be sharing it with others, and hopefully encouraging them to sing with me. :-)

Marissa from United States on February 22, 2012:

What a great hub! I love to sing and always have. Singing has always been a part of my life: I sang as a child in school, in choirs, in Talent Shows, at weddings, in the car, in the shower, etc. I find it is one of the only things--aside from massive amounts of chocolate--that can truly lift my spirits. When I was teaching, I would sing in the mornings on my long drive to work to give me a good start to the day, and on the long drive home I would sing to relieve stress. I even found (and this is not recommended unless you are a veteran teacher, lol) that singing in my classroom helped to calm my students down and have them focus on the task at hand.

Now that I have kids, I have shared my love of singing with them. It has become a habit now to turn on some music in the kitchen while I am working on dinner and sing with my son who has a pretty good singing voice for someone who's only 3 1/2. It really has become one of my favorite parts of the day!

This really is a wonderful hub! Voted up, useful and awesome. Happy birthday! :D

SanneL from Sweden on February 22, 2012:

I just have to come back to this wonderful hub and sing Happy Birthday to you on this special day. I wish you a wonderful day with lots of beautiful music!

Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on February 21, 2012:

Very upbeat information. I sing with my choir in church, it always makes me feel energized and alive. Singing really does release endorphins in the body relieving stress. Voted up!

ayliss08 from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China on February 21, 2012:

Really inspiring hub! I love singing, and often enjoy my weekends with friends in KTV. Well, I completely agree with you that singing will benefit for one's mood and health. You have made a great work. Voted up!

Liz Rayen from California on February 21, 2012:

Fabulous Hub Vocal Coach! You taught me the art of music and I have always applied it to my life. Thank you for teaching me how to play the piano and for dressing me up like Dolly Levi!

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on February 21, 2012:

Excellent hub and great back-up in sharing your story about your Dad. I think music has a tremendous effect on our lives and I agree with you that we should all wake up singing. It doesn't have to be perfect as long as it's a beautiful noise, right? Thumbs up on a wonderful uplifting hub! Thank you.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on February 21, 2012:

What a great inspirational article!

You wouldn't want to hear me sing...I frequently listen to recordings of others singing while I'm writing.

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on February 21, 2012:

What a great hub! There are many times when I am working (I am a Flagger,) that I sing. Most people can't hear me because of the machinery, so I have the opportunity to experiment LOL.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 15, 2012:

Hyph~Your little boy sounds so very precious. I can't imagine anything sweeter than hearing a child singing themselves to sleep. That is a strong indication that they're happy.

I'm glad to know you sing regularly. It doesn't matter what we sound like when we sing. It's the action of singing that gives us the benefits.

Thank you for reading my hub and my Clancey says hi to your Mirabella!

Ruchira from United States on February 15, 2012:

Great hub, vocal-coach.

I love singing and it sure helps me de-stress.

voted up as awesome!

Worldofwow1992 from Michigan on February 15, 2012:

This is terrific! I always feel great after I finish singing. It just leaves me in a great mood. Great hub, thanks!