Singing is one of the most primal skills, mastered by a human being, and it is as natural as walking. Long before we learned how to express our emotions with words, we used singing for communicating with each other. The sounds uttered by prehistoric human-being might have not been quite similar to the modern singing, but they made it possible to share joy and sorrow with their fellow tribesmen and women, transfer knowledge to the new generation, and get a better idea about the world around them. What has changed since then? In fact, not that much – singing still plays a significant role in our life.
Karaoke and good spirit
It takes as little as several karaoke songs to improve your mood, ruined by your colleagues at work or everyday routine issues. How does it work?
We might not be quite ourselves during the day when we have to play our social roles, follow rules and norms, restrain our true feelings. However, when we sing, there is no need to pretend. Karaoke allows expressing your emotions openly, dismissing restrain and pretence.
When we sing karaoke, we release the built-up energy and get rid of negative emotions. In its turn, it essentially has a therapeutic effect – we feel elated and invigorate. Think of the babies’ response to singing – they instantly calm down when they hear a cradle song even though they have a limited understanding of the speech. Or think of yourself singing in the shower when you have a good mood.
Singing is a pain killer
Not only does singing improve the spirit, but it also has a positive effect on your physical health. For instance, singing during childbirth has become quite a common practice to release pain in women in labour. As a rule, an obstetrician tries to talk to a woman who’s giving birth, but singing is a lot more fun, isn’t it? The research argues that when a woman in labour is singing, she can regulate her psychophysiological state.
It’s not about a song itself, of course, but rather about breathing and specific sounds that calm her down and distract from the pain. The high-pitched sounds involve diaphragm, and the low ones involve abs Controlling such sounds, one can make childbirth much easier.
Many countries see special courses for would-be mothers, where they are trained to sing and select the repertoire for different types of breathing. Women learn how to breathe correctly, singing songs with a different tempo. The correct breathing technique helps them to control pain and overcome exhaustion and panic.
Karaoke-party is a great format for a child’s birthday party and chilling out with friends. Dozens of thousands of world hits of various genres are waiting for their little performers to add up the excitement to a home-based celebration.
Vocal stress relief
What is also important is that karaoke is believed to be an excellent antidepressant. Singing triggers endorphins’ release and decreases the level of stress-hormone cortisone. You are literally getting happier when you sing. Having a tough day at the office? Write down a prescription: a mic, two or three songs matching your mood and deep untroubled sleep is guaranteed.
There is no wonder that quite emotional introverted Japanese appreciate the relaxation at karaoke clubs. No need to be shy or pretend to be someone else there. Once the karaoke system is on and the screen displays the subs, you’re becoming yourself again. Your blood oxygenates, every body cell slightly vibrates, all the built-up negativity vanishes, giving the way to the feeling of joy.
Gaining new skills while singing
The benefits of karaoke are not limited to those mentioned above. Singing is a good tool for learning foreign languages, business training, children’s overall development and shaping aesthetic ideas and sense of harmony in them. Unlike boring memorizing of foreign words, karaoke offers entertaining lessons that leave no chance to get bored.
Using a home-based karaoke system as a foreign-language tutor, you will get the practice that you need so badly, boost your vocabulary, improve grammar, and learn some colloquial expressions. Finally, you will immerse in a different country’s environment, in the cultural context of when and where this or the other foreign word or sentence is used. You will figure out the mindset of native speakers, their concerns, and how they express themselves when they’re happy or anxious.
Have a good mood and have fun in karaoke!