Choir singers experience a reduction in anxiety and an increase in positive mood. A recent thesis from Hunter College explored singing just for the joy of it, even without an audience. Check out the full study below for some encouraging data about stress reduction benefits!
Not only does singing involve deep, slow, controlled breathing, singing in a group can create a sense of closeness with others as well as a shared sense of purpose. All these attributes contributed to decreased stress levels and increased feelings of well-being.
Sing in the shower! Sing in the car! Sing while you cook dinner! Don’t know the words? Make them up! There are many ways you can enjoy the benefits of singing without joining a formal choir or having any experience.
If you are interested in joining a choir, the following website is a good start. You can filter for location and you can also filter for choirs that are “non-audition.” https://seattlesings.org/members/finder/
See Hunter College thesis online: https://academicworks.cuny.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1329&context=hc_sas_etds