Now, a new research, conducted by Don Stewart, head of public health at Griffith University in Queensland, suggests that people who sing regularly are happier than their non-singing counterparts. In fact, choristers have a better quality of life than other people.
The results of the study are based on a survey of more than 1,100 choral singers in Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom. The research, presented at a national public health conference in Brisbane this week, involved 21 choirs, including five from southeast Queensland.
The research found that while people who join singing groups tend to be less healthy than the average person, they are in fact happier.
It found 51% of the choral singers had long-term health problems, more than twice the Australian norm. They also scored below average on a WHO scale of psychological health and social functioning. However, 98% rated their quality of life as good or excellent, and 81% were satisfied or very satisfied with their health.