Sing! Sing a Song

Something I hadn’t really thought about until I saw the Wessex Cancer Trust choir sing at a Christmas fundraising service, were the benefits of singing.

Of course, being Christmas and a charity event in a beautiful abbey, it was always going to prove to be an incredibly moving experience, not only because the choristers had all been affected by cancer in some way or other or because the lyrics of the songs they were singing were particularly poignant, but because I could really feel the emotion that went in to their every word of their performance.

As I was sitting there soaking up the atmosphere becoming more and more engrossed, it dawned on me that singing is something that not only brings people together but is actually a great way to breath deeply and as we know, breathing deeply is good for lymph flow!

So, sing! Sing a song. Sing out loud and sing out strong!

Benefits of singing:

  • Increase self confidence
  • Lower feelings of isolation
  • Natural anti-depressant
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Improves interpersonal skills
  • Feelings of empowerment
  • Improves posture
  • Creates endorphins
  • Improves circulation
  • Stimulates lymph flow

(Source: Bupa and Telegraph)

Showing Support

I don’t know about you but I can get a bit emotional when colleagues, friends and family show their support. The video clip below is no exception.

A group of people (aka a Flash Mob) celebrate their loved ones and show support for those who have faced a cancer diagnosis by performing a surprise dance in the middle of a busy shopping centre.

What would you do to show someone they are not alone?