As I worked in my home office, a sound forced me to stop and look around. It was a melody I had not heard for quite a while.
Humming — a bass voice humming.
My son, who has a lovely voice, was marching up the stairs while humming.
I smiled with a prayer of thanks. After a season of illness, personal questions about his destiny, six months of training — he was finally beginning to move forward.
Applications submitted. Hope for a new beginning.
The hum of restored joy.
Scientists tell us humming and singing create the following health benefits:
- Reduces stress
- Creates a meditative state
- Releases nitrous oxide which unclogs the sinuses
- Oxygenates the blood
- Releases endorphins which make us happier
- Initiates a workout for the body
- Activates the parasympathetic nervous system
- Improves breathing
- Lowers the heart rate
- Increases the glandular and intestinal activity
I know these facts to be true. When I feel the shadows of discouragement, I often force myself to sing something or at least to begin humming.
Sometimes an old hymn.
One day, it was Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
Or a rousing chorus of the Kansas state song, Home on the Range.
I sometimes surprise myself, standing at the stove scrambling a couple of eggs. A sudden hum. A phrase from a song.
It feels good.
Hope hides in the notes of a familiar song. And the energy used to expand the lungs and force a voicing of joy moves me in a more positive direction.
So the next time you’re looking for hope, try to prime your pump with a song.
You might surprise yourself with a bubble of sudden joy.
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Love this article on hope.
Thank you for the comment and the encouragement. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.
We better all start humming. Maybe we could change the world!
Indeed! And wouldn’t that be lovely ?!