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Hallelujah! Singing Christmas carols is good for your health

This story goes out to all those people who told us NOT to sing All I Want For Christmas...
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Every year as the Christmas season comes upon us, the fierce and divisive ‘discussion’ about Christmas songs bubbles back up.

But whilst there are some Grinch’s around, we’d like to think that most people experience that inner warmth that comes when hearing Michael Bublé croon about tree tops glistening.

And alongside listening to the festive tunes, singing along is hand-in-hand.

The holiday season is the perfect time for the vocal chords to get some usage, and we refuse to let any Scrooges lower our enthusiasm.

Thankfully, it seems like science has our backing when it comes to Christmas carolling.

A study published in Perspectives in Public Health has found that there is “evidence to support choral singing as a means of improving wellbeing.”

Now you can sing alongside Michael Bublé knowing that it’s good for your health!

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Researchers studied self-reported data from 1,779 choir members around the world, and the findings were more than promising.

The study’s participants claimed that making beautiful music as a group fostered social connection, cognitive stimulation, mental health, enjoyment, and transcendence.

But the most recent findings aren’t the only benefits you get from singing ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ at the top of your lungs with all your family and friends.

Past studies have showcased not only the mental health benefits of singing, but also the social benefits: an improved sense of self and social connections.

Santa is obviously aware of the health benefits that come with carolling.

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Another study found that singing might help elderly people in particular improve both their mental wellbeing and their oral condition.

So the next time someone tries to dim the light of your holiday spirit, just tell them about the health benefits you’re getting from singing loudly and proudly – and all the good stuff they could be getting too, if they joined you. Don’t be surprised if they suddenly start singing along!

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