Science Says: People Who Sing In The Car Are HEALTHIER, HAPPIER, and LIVE LONGER!
If you guys are into movies and rock music, you surely remember the movie Wayne’s World. Probably the coolest scene was where Wayne, Garth, and the guys perform a mind-blowing rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” while driving in their AMC Gremlin. Their performance is instantly hilarious… And people can entirely relate to it. I mean, which one of you hasn’t done the same in their car, even with a different song?
People really love singing in their cars. Singing in your car is pretty much like singing in the shower: a safe spot to sing your lungs out, not caring what anybody else thinks. Now, a car, on the other hand, offers you that one advantage of being capable to fit your friends in to sing along. What about the people who might look over in traffic to see you all being nutty together? Well, they’ll be out of your life in a second…and you’ll be back on the road of living!
People in the United States are spending about 38 hours stuck in traffic each year. Knowing this, it seems like playing your favorite songs and rocking out might be just the cure to all that mid-week stress.
You see, music benefits many things in so many amazing ways: from pain relief, reducing stress, increasing effectiveness and efficiency, to giving your grumpy uncle a sudden urge to get on the dance floor in front of everyone at your cousin’s wedding.
One of my own music heroes, Jimi Hendrix once said: “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”
Jimi my friend, I couldn’t agree any more with you!
Now, even science confirms the benefits that singing in a car has for your body. A 2013 research study in Gothenburg, Sweden showed that singing can significantly boost your body’s condition. So, turn up the volume in your car on your way to anywhere, and really get into the groove! Singing releases all sorts of biochemicals that cause positive change in our brain, as well as stimulate the producing of endorphins which improve your mood.
As for singing along with other people? The study, led by Bjorn Vickhoff, found that people who sing together even end up with their heartbeats synchronized. How amazing is that! Choral singers are already well aware of the fact that attuning to the rhythm of a song can give people a great chance to genuinely connect with each other.
Furthermore, singing engages your entire body, being a great exercise for your lungs and heart. Bjorn Vickhoff, the leader of the study, explains that: “Song is a form of regular, controlled breathing, since breathing out occurs on the song phrases and inhaling takes place between these. It gives you pretty much the same effect as yoga breathing. It helps you relax, and there are indications that it does provide a heart benefit.”
The list of benefits goes on and on: a 2004 study conducted at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main in Frankfurt, Germany found a decrease in stress hormones from singing regularly. Singing also helped to boost the immune system, helping to prevent people from getting ill. Harvard and Yale found back in 2008 that singing may prolong people’s lives, too. Apparently, the combination of physical and mental benefits provided by singing can add years onto our lives with a minimal effort.
So, what’s the inspirational message that we want to send to you through this article? Start singing today. It will help you eliminate stress and live a much longer and happier life. If you want to share this with your friends, then pick up your closest buddies and take them on a road trip. If you ask my preference, I would play AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell.” Boy, would that be one joyride! 🙂 LOL