Christmas time is here, and one time-honored tradition is singing Christmas songs together. According to a study by England’s University of East Anglia, Christmas caroling isn’t just fun, it’s good for you.
Researchers followed 120 people in the Sing Your Heart Out (SYHO) project for six months. Participants attended free workshops each week and took part in evaluations with the scientists. They discovered that singing had improved the mental health of the singers and sped up recovery for those who were suffering.
Benefits of Group Singing
In an interview with Neuroscience News, lead researcher Tom Shakespeare explained what he believes to be the main contributor to the results:
Shakespeare adds that the SYHO format may be better than group therapy since attendees don’t have to discuss their diseases with others. It does make sense that spending time with others, working together, and singing loved songs would make people feel better!
Mental Health in America
The social interactions and sense of teamwork provided by the SYHO project offer a positive way of coping with life challenges and provides a way to communicate with others in the community.
The results from East Anglia encourage everyone to try Christmas caroling this holiday season. Regardless of one’s vocal talent, LNGenZ wishes readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.