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Join­ing the Christ­mas car­ollers could en­hance your health as well as your fes­tive spirit. Re­cent re­search found that singing in a choir for just one hour de­creased lev­els of stress hor­mones and in­creased im­mune pro­teins needed to help the body fight ill­ness. The study by Ten­ovus Cancer Care and the Royal Col­lege of Mu­sic in­ves­ti­gated the ef­fects on cancer pa­tients, and sug­gested choral singing could put pa­tients in a good po­si­tion to re­ceive treat­ment or main­tain re­mis­sion. But singing can help us all. It gets more oxy­gen into the blood and in­creases lev­els of feel­good hor­mones. A previous study found that peo­ple felt closer to each other than those do­ing other classes. Time to brush up on those Yule­tide favourites…

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