A new study on singing has made some truely amazing findings … singing strengthens your immune system as well as giving you that feel good factor!
A total of 193 members of five different choirs were tested for levels of the stress hormone cortisol and cytokines - immune system signalling molecules that boost the body's ability to fight serious illness.
Dr Ian Lewis, director of research at the charity Tenovus Cancer Care, who co-led the study, said: "These are really exciting findings. We have been building a body of evidence over the past six years to show that singing in a choir can have a range of social, emotional and psychological benefits, and now we can see it has biological effects too.
We've long heard anecdotal evidence that singing in a choir makes people feel good, but this is the first time it's been demonstrated that the immune system can be affected by singing.
It's really exciting and could enhance the way we support people with cancer in the future."
Co-author Dr Daisy Fancourt, from the Centre for Performance Science, which is a partnership between the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London, said: "Many people affected by cancer can experience psychological difficulties such as stress, anxiety and depression. Research has demonstrated that these can suppress immune activity, at a time when patients need as much support as they can get from their immune system.
This research is exciting as it suggests that an activity as simple as singing could reduce some of this stress-induced suppression, helping to improve well-being and quality of life amongst patients and put them in the best position to receive treatment."
I have people who attend my Sing and Tonic sessions who are recovering from cancer and they would certainly agree with these findings and tell me so regularly!
“It has given me new inspirations. Sarah, you’re an amazing person like a ray of sunshine into everyone's lives......
I know how important it is to feel lifted and positive,something that has been a struggle to me for many years due to illness…
I am so looking forward to our next session and can't wait to burst into song again with everyone.”
So, don’t be shy…try a sing, in your car, bath or join our singing groups and reap the benefits… Back to News Articles