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Burst Into Song to Boost Happiness

Sometimes you just need a boost, something to boost your own mood and maybe others’ moods. A great way to boost your mood is to burst into song.

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I often write about action, how just doing something–anything–can lift your spirits.

You’ve probably heard someone recommend ten jumping jacks when you’re feeling down. You get some air flowing into your lungs and a boost of oxygen to your brain. It gets your blood pumping.

Another hack is to burst into song!

Burst Into Song at Significant Moments!

“I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.”

― John Barrowman

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The first question I asked myself and that you might be asking me is, Who is John Barrowman?

I’m glad you asked. He’s most famous–at least to me anyway–for his role as Dark Archer on Arrow. Barrowman is enjoying a prolific career in film, television and stage.

Just Like Buddy Elf

Another hack is to burst into song, yes just like Buddy Elf in the middle of Gimbel’s. Just like John Travolta when he’s trying to decide how to fix up the trashed out car the younger T-birds bought. Burst into song.

It’s a little like Primal therapy, but with a melody.

Maybe some uplifting or motivating lyrics.

Watch the people on this train break into song!

Singing has Proven Physiological Benefits

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Physiowhatica?

It benefits your body.

This Sing Yourself to Happiness article on Healthline tells us that since you need to breathe a little deeper to support your belted melodies, you take in more oxygen for the brain.

You don’t have to audition for a musical at your local theater or join the church choir. Just belt it out.

Does Singing Make You Happy on howstuffworks.com tells us that singing helps you release endorphins? One study showed that singing reduced anxiety and depression in a nursing home.

I reckon there would be bonus points–and extra happiness–if you sang at a nursing home and led sing-alongs.

The Psychologies article Music makes you feel better suggests that just listening to music lowers blood pressure. Imagine the extra benefits of singing along loudly.

Loudly for All to Hear

At least everyone in your car. Or shower.

It’s possible to be so far down that such a simple trick won’t lift your spirits. As I’ve said many times, if you have more chronic depression seek the advice of a professional.

For those usual times, though, when you’re low on energy or just need a boost, burst into song.

Bursting Song Ideas

In case you can’t come up with any ideas, here are a few ideas for songs to break into.

Elf, “I’m in a store and I’m singing!”

Wizard of Oz, “If I Were King of the Forest.”

My friend Gene used to sing this one a lot in high school. It was hilarious!

Mary Poppins, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

Bob Marley, “Three Little Birds.”

Beatles, “Obladi Oblada.”

These aren’t the hippest, coolest or most melodic suggestions, but short, simple and silly enough to give yourself a boost. And maybe give laugh to those around you.

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Question:

What songs do you sing to boost your mood?

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