Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sing out!



A little cliche but....


Work like you don't need the money,
Dance like no one is watching,
Sing like no one is listening,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And live life every day as if it were your last


From the Kaizen Club:
"Singing has a number of health benefits, which have been proven through a variety of studies.

Scientists at the University of Frankfurt in Germany conducted a study with professional choir singers and published their research in the US Journal of Behavioral Medicine. They found that during rehearsal, the singers enjoyed increased levels of hydrocortisone (the anti-stress hormone) and immunoglobin A, which are antibodies in the immune system.

Graham Welch, director for advanced music education at London's Roehampton Institute, adds that singing:

Energizes and uplifts you by releasing pain-reducing endorphins;

Stimulates your circulation and boosts your immune system through oxygenation;

Keeps you sounding young by exercising your vocal chords and lungs;

Tones your abdominal, intercostals, and diaphragm muscles;

Releases your muscle tension and increases your aerobic capacity;

Improves your posture by expanding your chest and straightening your shoulders.
Who knew such a simple activity could accomplish so much?

But singing is only part of the equation here. Doing it like nobody's listening is what will really boost your confidence.

Some people refuse to wear cellphone headsets while driving because they think it makes them look like they're talking to themselves. They would rather hold a phone visibly in their hands (no matter how unsafe or illegal it may be) than face the possibility that other drivers might think they're crazy. Well, that thought is what's crazy. Who cares what other drivers (who don't know you) think? Who cares if they think you're talking to yourself when you know you're not?

In fact, taking it one step further, singing to yourself at the top of your lungs will ensure you never have that irrational fear again.

If you can belt out your favorite tune as it plays on your radio or CD player, without regard for what others think, you'll increase your confidence to the point where it will never again matter what you're "caught" doing - especially in the privacy of your own home or car."

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