How many times in the recent decade have you promised yourself to change your life completely, give up bad habits, relocate to the other city, and take the first step toward your dream? Don’t bother counting – many. We often decide we need changes but, in fact, we hardly ever step further than dreaming about how wonderful our life would be if we changed something. Promises you give to yourself, are the ones that are broken all too often. What are we going to do? To take one baby step at a time.
Karaoke? Why not!
What was the wildest purchase in your life? A reindeer sweater? Year’s supply of batteries? A cup with a photo of your boss’ wife? Whatever you named, it was most likely an impulsive action and the item has long ago got dusted deep in the cupboard or, even more, given away, or thrown away. This is a thing about almost every impulsive purchase – we don’t need them. At the same time, it’s the first shot we are unhappy about something deep inside and are seeking a solution. These could be corporate communication, creative dissatisfaction, or low quality of life. Well, let’s boost this quality up and buy the right thing – a home-based karaoke-system.
How is karaoke useful?
First of all, it is a new experience. Change of activity influences your brain positively. It produces new neural connections, improves your thinking process, and tones up your mind. This is what business coaches and psychologists call stepping outside your comfort zone. We get used to a comfortable existence in the stable emotional, mental, and physical environment and are reluctant to leave it. On one hand, it’s good, but on the other, we are stuck. Sometimes, to take a round-the-world journey and see the world, we need to get rid of our apartment and car that keep us in one place.
Second, karaoke is a way of continuous development and self-improvement. The spirit of competition in the singing is an opportunity to improve your skills endlessly, become better, conquer new highs, win, and gain recognition. Passion is an excellent driver that prevents you from getting bored.
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Third, karaoke is an efficient therapy for complexes and inner inhibitions, featuring the mentality of many cultures. It will be easy to find hundreds of YouTube videos with Italians, singing from their balconies, or just in the streets. However, in Slavic cultures, for instance, you can only expect people singing after they had some liquor that cracks the interior barriers. We love to sing, and the best way to understand it is to take a microphone.
Fourth, singing is really healthy. Karaoke releases stress, triggers endorphins, and is quite efficient in decreasing the cortisone – an anxiety hormone. Among other effects, there are improving memory, fighting snoring, and enhancing the immune system. Besides, singing in public at karaoke clubs is a great way to communicate better with the audience and boost public-speaking skills. Even such outlets as Forbes and The Guardian publish regular reminders that it is a good idea to sing a song or two before a public presentation to pump up your communicative skills.
Karaoke is surrounded by numerous myths, most of them being nothing more than just a manifestation of collective fear of singing in public. There is only one truth: you are a catalyst for all the changes that are happening to you. Karaoke won’t change your destiny but it may become a forerunner of the upcoming changes. The first song is the first step toward the new quality of life.