Wellbeing could be boosted by singing in a choir

People who sing in choirs could enjoy a boost to their psychological wellbeing. This is the conclusion of a new study from Oxford Brookes University, which collected 375 online surveys from participants who were members of such groups, sang alone or were part of a sports team.

It was discovered that the choir members reported significantly higher levels of wellbeing than those who sang alone or did sports in squads. In addition, the choristers were more likely to view their groups as meaningful and coherent.

Presenting the findings at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychology in York this week, lead author Nick Stewart said: "Further research could look at how moving and breathing in synchrony with others might be responsible for creating a unique wellbeing effect."

The National Association of Choirs, aimed at promoting choral music across the country, currently has in excess of 600 member groups in the UK.

This paper, from the Society's DCP conference, has attracted a lot of interest in the media including: the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and the Express.

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