Singing together is the best way to make new friends, says study

Oxford University research gives the scientific basis for a millennial teaching synthesized at its best: whoever sings evil amazes.

It doesn't take a professional musician to know that music is powerful. It takes you into the past, makes you afraid, makes you happy, our mind and soul are incredibly susceptible to its power - no wonder, therefore, that it helps us make new friends.

Research published by the University of Oxford, England, assessed how the proximity between strangers evolves over an artistic course. Over the course of seven months, the researchers investigated newly formed groups of singing, creative writing and crafts. And gave music in the head.

Sing and not be ashamed to be happy.

Before and after classes, scientists asked participants to answer how close they were to their peers - three periods were defined for this poll - the first, the third, and the seventh month. If by month 3 the feeling of friendship was similar across all the courses analyzed, it became clear that future singers connect more quickly: by month 1 they had already reached the degree that future artisans and writers would not reach until two months later.

According to the study The ice-breaker effect: singing mediates fast social bonding or “The ice-breaker effect: singing provides a quick social bond”, “singing may have evolved to quickly unite large human groups of strangers” by cause of the so-called “positive affect”. Also according to the text of the research, the fact that singing is found in all societies - and to some extent in all humans - is a sign that this is a universal ability and is probably an evolutionary adaptation. Singing increases endorphin levels, an opioid neuropeptide stimulated by the most potent human affective bonds, such as between children and parents or a couple in love.