Sing For Good!
The #SingForGood Challenge Has Begun!
August 1st - November 1st
Although some voices might be better suited for belting out Beyonce’s latest single, every voice holds the power to make a difference. Good or not so great, our voice is something we can all use to express ourselves.
Scientifically speaking, singing is extremely influential to our mental, physical and social well-being especially when we sing TOGETHER #Facts. Research shows, that smaller social networks, fewer close relationships, and a lower perceived social support system have all been associated with depressive symptoms. The community aspect of choral singing generates a thought provoking message. A choir is a unified group of people, with various cultural backgrounds and life experiences, working as a team to focus on a body of work (usually a song) greater than themselves. Choral singing serves as a perfect representation of how the world can/should be!
Music is truly a connecting experience. How much closer do you feel to your siblings when you hear them trying to hit that high note in the shower? Just kidding. However, on a more serious note (no pun intended), music has the capability of omitting discrimination, prejudices, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, stress and depression. Do you ever notice when you are singing with your friends in the car or with your family at a function, all of those negative aspects of life are no longer in the forefront? Music and togetherness remain the focal point. In the 21st century, various media platforms have allowed us to hide behind our technological devices causing us to feel more isolated than ever. Stress related to work, finances, internal family issues etc. has also lead to an increase in rates of anxiety and depression. With that being said, it is imperative that we cater to the characteristics that separate us from the technology we hide behind. Some of those extraordinary qualities are love, compassion, creativity, and courage; utilizing our voice can help us practice all of these. Involvement in communities, such as a choir, builds feelings of social support. When we participate in singing TOGETHER, or partake in other creative activities that yield diversity, we discover a deeper understanding for one another. Feelings of acceptance constructs happy, healthy and inspired individuals. As a result, the world encompasses a population more capable of solving some of society's greatest obstacles such as mental illness, loneliness and isolation, cultural tension and unemployment.
“Every time you sing, you fire up the right temporal lobe of your brain, and release endorphins including oxytocin which result in heightened states of pleasure, bliss, bonding and love.These chemicals also enhance neuroplasticity of our brains, boost our immune system, fight illness, depression and strokes and help us handle pain better” -Tania de Jong #BrainBlast
Now, back to business...
The Sing for Good Video Challenge is a global online fundraising platform that encourages community singing to raise awareness of social isolation, the global epidemic of our time. August 1st through November 1st there will be an opportunity for the wider community to be creative, have fun and make a difference by singing with others.
You guessed it! WURRLY will be working with #SingForGood to help raise awareness and support for those experiencing loneliness and isolation. We encourage you to Raise Your Voice and make a real difference. Download the Wurrly app and sing a song with a friend to join the movement!
Watch this tutorial on how you can easily help change people's lives through Wurrly and have fun doing it!
Funds raised will go towards the With One Voice social inclusion and community well being program. Your donations will contribute to replicating this program in communities all over the globe giving people access to the innovative social inclusions model. Creativity Australia’s With One Voice choirs welcome people from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds, ages 9 to 90. Age, race, language, religion, disability and disadvantage are irrelevant. This social inclusion model offers opportunities for individuals to learn, grow, and express who they are.
Until next week!