Science Says: People Who Sing In The Car Are Healthier, Happier, And Live Longer

How could anyone forget this scene from Wayne’s World? Wayne, Garth, and the gang do a stunning rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which is at once hilariously ridiculous… And entirely relatable. I mean, who hasn’t done the same thing in their own car, even if not to a Queen hit?

People love singing in their cars. It’s just like the shower: A safe place to sing your heart out should you so choose. The car has the advantage of being able to fit plenty of your buddies in to sing along with you. And anyone who might look over in traffic to see you all being foolish together? Well, they’ll be gone in a second

And you’ll be back on the highway of life!

With Americans spending about 38 hours stuck in traffic each year, it seems like turning on some of your favorite tunes and rocking out might be just the antidote to those mid-week blues.

You see, music makes everything a little better: from relieving pain, to reducing stress, increasing efficiency and productivity, and giving your awkward uncle a reason to dance in front of the whole family at your cousin’s wedding. Hendrix said this about music: “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”

Research shows, too, that singing along to a sweet jam can significantly improve your health. So crank up the volume in your car on the way to work, and really get into it! Singing releases all sorts of biochemical that change your brain for the better, and also have the benefit of giving you a little natural high from your good old endorphins.

As for doing it with your friends? Researchers in Gothenburg, Sweden showed that people who sing together even end up synchronizing their heartbeats. Choral singers are already well aware of this — that attuning to the rhythm of a song can give us humans a great chance to connect with each other in a genuine way.

What’s more, singing gets your whole body engaged, being a great form of lung and heart exercise. Bjorn Vickhoff, the leader of the study, has this to say about it: “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.” Some even say singing is better than yoga.

The list of benefits keeps growing: One study showed a decrease in stress hormones from singing regularly. It also helped to regulate the immune system, helping to prevent us from getting sick.

Harvard and Yale showed back in 2008 that singing may make us live longer, too. Apparently, the combination of mental and physical benefits can add years onto our lives with a minimal effort.

So what’s the message in all of this? Start singing. It’ll help you de-stress and live a longer and happier life. If you wanna share this with your friends, then grab a few buddies and take a road trip. Wayne and Garth would be proud.

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