I mentioned above that singing in the car might produce some weird looks and a few laughs, but there are even better reasons to sing. I often sing as I ride my exercycle, take showers, or do housework. The experts say you can live longer with a song in your heart. In one case, doctors put twenty professional opera singers, ages twenty-eight to sixty-five, through eight minutes of rigorous breathing exercises. Every singer did it in a breeze, but a group of forty nonsingers under forty years old struggled to finish the test and their heart rates soared.
Psychiatrists sometimes urge their patients to sing away tension and anxiety. When you sing, you get rid of energy, and this can take your mind off your troubles, spark pleasant memories, and ease physical tension. Try singing in the shower to get ready to face the day or singing in the car, especially when traffic is bumper to bumper. Pick songs that are inspiring and motivating. For me, hymns and gospel songs do that the best. Some of my favorite are “Amazing Grace” and “When Answers Aren’t Enough, There is Jesus.” And I also like the chorus that says: “In moments like these, I sing out a love song … I sing out a love song to Jesus.”