Whistling, according to a study from the University of New South Whales, makes a person happier. I learned this at a conference on The Habits of Happy People offered by the Institute for Brain Potential.
How does it work?
1) Whistling uses the diaphragm and increases the flow of oxygen.
2) It creates an “internal connection to something positive.”
3) The brain accommodates to the pace of light and sound.
So a cheerful tune with a peppy rhythm lifts one’s mood.
Not everyone can whistle. I, for example, cannot. But I can sing, and I think singing has the same effect.
A song has the added benefit of lyrics, which tell my brain what I want it to think.
One of my favorite hymns is Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. The second line says, “Tune my heart to sing Thy praise.” That’s me asking for happiness, and the very act of singing those words increases my sense of well-being by lifting my focus to the Source of all goodness. My heart is an instrument that daily falls out of tune, but God can retune me, lift my spirits, brighten my outlook, take my thoughts off myself and put them on higher, better things.
That’s something to sing about (or whistle, if you can).