Medicine for the Soul ๐ŸŽถ

Singing together, regardless of group size, social demographics, or age, has the power to foster increased social connectedness, happiness, well-being, and positivity in life. Whether it’s in a choir, a sing-along, around a campfire, or just humming along with someone in the kitchen, singing together goes beyond creating music; it can cultivate friendships, nurture positive emotions, and become a sanctuary of peace, joy, and happiness.

Research in this field also highlights the universal value of music, a human creation valued in all cultures. It has been credited with ‘soothing the troubled beast’ and being the ‘food of love’. Drawing from instances of group singing in diverse settings and my own experiences, my studies have explored the supportive interpersonal and intrapersonal aspects of singing together. I’ve explored how singing (with others and by yourself) can affect mood, build community, strengthen social connection, and positively impact well-being.

I encourage our province to seek out opportunities to sing. Newfoundland and Labrador offers a rich tapestry of choral experiences, ranging from community choirs to the more classical Philharmonic Choir and Lady Cove Womenโ€™s Choir to the inclusive, community-driven informal gatherings like Instant Choir. All celebrate the magical experience of community, singing, and positively contribute to well-being.

Itโ€™s like medicine for the soul.

Lalala! Julia

Julia Halfyard at The Rooms for the Instant Choir event.