SING OUT LOUD. IT'S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
Sing out loud. Sing out strong. There’s lots of reasons to do this. It increases happiness, makes you feel good and lifts your spirits. What’s more, joining your voice with others at home, in a choir, a classroom, at a sporting event or in church, is strengthening and empowering. It inspires joyfulness and magnifies unity. When you sing out loud - individually or collectively, it’s an opportunity to give voice to simple, heartfelt words of caring, goodness, peace and harmony. Instead of staying silent, you can sing out loud about good things not bad, happiness not sadness, love not hate. You don’t have to be the greatest singer in the world to sing out loud. Anyone can do it or join in. Singing out loud has benefits. It brings mental freedom. It also leads to physical release - as a muchloved pet canary found out. Mistakenly shut inside an empty cupboard, it didn’t just sit silently entombed in darkness. With great gusto, it started singing out loudly and strongly. Because of its actions, the family of this feathered vocal-dynamo soon found him, and set him free. TIPS TO HELP YOU SING OUT LOUD • If you’re feeling down, warm up your vocal cords and sing out loud. Pick a song, or any good oldfashioned hymn with happy, reassuring words, and 18
make some noise. It’s hard to remain gloomy when you sing out joyously. Now it may take some mental effort, but if you have a go at doing this, you’ll find that it does bring heart-lifting, positive results. • Don’t get worried that your singing isn’t good enough for others to hear. If your heart is filled with gratitude for the good you have in your life, then sing out about it. After all, “If you are feeling good, you should sing praises.” Bible James 5:15 • When you sing aloud, make it a song about kindness and brotherly love. Think of yourself, your kids, family, and others, as living in unity and harmony just “Like brother birds that soar and sing and on the same branch bend”. Mary Baker Eddy poem, Love. • If there’s unhappiness at home, raise everyone’s spirits. Show them how to sing the Happy Song. Although the words are simple, they do last a lifetime. “I’m h-a-p-p-y. I’m h-a-p-p-y. I know I am. I’m SURE I am. I’m h-a-p-p-y.” • Lift your voice loudly, strongly. You don’t have to remain engulfed by dark thoughts. You can let the words of a liberating, joy-bringing song or hymn light up your thinking and set you free. So, sing out loud often. It’s good for your health! Beverly Goldsmith writes about the connection between spirituality and health and is a Christian Science Practitioner and Teacher of Christian Science healing.
Community Newspaper Issue 117, Nov 2019