I was just talking to my drummer friend Roberto after finishing one of our weekly gigs at Sarastro in Covent Garden, about the sheer happiness and incomparable high we feel while performing. And it’s true, there’s absolutely nothing in this world that can compare to the adrenaline rush, the feeling of completion and everlasting power, the sweat and the sparkly eyes of joy. Then I think of people who are into drugs or are alcohol-dependent in order to “be themselves and have fun”. Who on earth came up with that idea? You really don’t need anything but yourself to get high! We have our own narcotics inside our body. It gets even more intense when you project (communicate) that state to another being.
Now let’s get deep.
When you sing, the music frequencies move through your body, altering its physical and emotional panoramic. When you sing you become one with source. You become pure truth/love/infinite, call it what you want. When one is in such a state, the body releases certain chemicals (hormones) that ‘heal’ the body by synchronizing the mind/soul/spirit with the physique. They are the same hormones responsible for the feelings of happiness and love, here is your DOSE: Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin and Endorphin.
These four messengers of joy are organic chemicals produced by our body, and when we sing their levels are increased considerably according to multiple studies and scientific research.
Oxytocin enhances feelings of trust and bonding, it’s also called the ‘love hormone’ because it increases during hugging, orgasm and breast feeding. Women have higher levels than men.
Dopamine sends signals of motivation to take action towards goals and desires, and gives a surge of reinforcing pleasure when achieving them.
Serotonin is released when you feel significant or important, it is a mood stabilizer.
Endorphins help relieve pain and induce feelings of pleasure or euphoria.
Apart from the above mentioned effects, the release of these hormones boosts our immune system, reduces stress and pain, and increases life expectancy. Everything in our physical body is directly linked to our emotional/spiritual state, and hormones could well be the direct link between the immaterial and the material in us. These 4 hormones are mainly secreted in the pituitary and hypothalamus glands, which together with the pineal gland and according to ancient knowledge, are the “third eye” connecting us to other realms (this being a most interesting subject that I’m not going to address today).
Now, if we look at the effects of exercise in our body we come across similar results, the only difference is that our emotions are not as involved in exercise as they are in singing, therefore the hormone production won’t be as large. So you choose what to do if you want to be on a high: singing a beautiful aria or doing a full set of push-ups.