This post is for singer Will McMillan. It refers to singing in choirs, but I think singing with family around the campfire — or on the stage — would have the same effect on endorphins.
Slate recently adapted a chapter from Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness While Singing With Others, by Stacy Horn, Algonquin Books.
Horn says, “I used to think choir singing was only for nerds and church people. Since I was neither, I never considered singing in a group—even though I loved singing by myself. ”
She describes a period in her 20s when she was feeling really down. As she searched for ways to pull herself out of it, she remembered how happy she felt one time when she joined others to sing Christmas carols.
So, she continues, “I joined a community choir. Except that at that first performance, we didn’t sing Christmas carols—we sang a…
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