We are going to share with you the way to happiness.
The key is to have dance in your life.
Is it a wonder that Zumba got so popular? Previously we have spoken about the benefits of belly dancing. Today we are going to look into how dance is going to improve our mood and reduce our stress.
Are you about to skip this article and say that you can’t dance?
That’s not true.
Everyone can dance.
You don’t have to be a professional dancer to know how to dance. Dance is something that occurs naturally in us. We are meant to move.
Have you ever notice how a baby bounce to the beats of the music naturally? In fact, researchers have found that babies respond to the rhythm and the tempo and the music and find it more engaging than speech.
We’ve all been through the dreaded and monotonous lecturers that make us wish that we are somewhere else. And hopefully, you have been lucky enough to be captivated by entertaining presenters as well. As a presenter myself, I find variations, tonality and body language play a huge role in engaging people. I could be presenting an exciting news, but if I am to use a flat voice, chances are even I, myself am dreading the session.
In this sense, presentation is a lot like dance. You make use of the highs and lows, pauses and movements to captivate and engage your audience. In fact, you can find many parallelism of dance in life. Courtship, negotiation, sales and relationship management.
That’s why you can have dance in anything you do.
Music is exciting to us. Change and movement can invigorate us.
Dance improves our emotional level. As dancing is a form of exercise, it will release endorphin, which reduces pain. High energy dance with others will increase our positive feelings. Besides that, dancing enhances social bonding, increases confidence and self-esteem, in additional to the usual benefits that exercises bring to us.
Personally, I connect with my feminine side when I start to learn belly dancing. Previously, I was rash and stubborn. This personality has caused me many costly mistakes. Nowadays, I’m more balanced and make more holistic and informed decisions.
Just like in dance, I know when to advance and when to retreat.
The most powerful thing in dance might not be movement. Instead it could be the pauses that the dancers inject to emphasize and heighten the viewing experience. It takes confidence for a dancer to hold the stage in stillness. It takes wisdom to know when to be in a void.
All these fundamentals of dance could easily translate into life.
Dance is powerful because we are in the moment. And it is not the act of seeking for happiness that makes us happy.
Happiness is about being in the moment and becoming present. Dance will not allow you to have wandering thoughts even for a beat. Because if you do just that, you will miss a beat and maybe, even the next few beats.
Whether you are an amateur or a professional, dance and music do not discriminate. Only minds do. But our minds could not wander when we are immersing ourselves fully in dance. Hopefully, when you dance, you indulge in every moment of it.
Ultimately, this is the key to why dance is such a powerful way to happiness.
Want to harness this happiness with us? Then join us for our 4 months performance dance course that is starting this June.
16 March 2010. University of York. Babies are born to dance, new research shows. Science Daily.
22 October 2012. Dunbar RI1, Kaskatis K, MacDonald I, Barra V. Performance of music elevates pain threshold and positive affect: implications for the evolutionary function of music. PubMed