Why Unschooling Is Literally the Pro-Life Choice

7 12 2010

A study of choral singers done by [UC Irvine] illustrates just how powerful putting it all out there can be. When the singers in the Pacific Chorale did rehearsals, researchers Robert Beck and Thomas Cesario found that a protein essential to fighting disease, immunoglobulin A, increased 150 percent.

So the act of singing itself had a powerful effect on well-being. But it gets better: The protein soared 240 percent during live performances.

Benefits rise in direct proportion to how much passion you put into the singing. Hum along in self-consciousness or boredom and you don’t get the benefit the comes when you let it fly. This is such a great metaphor for the role passion plays in unleashing an extraordinary life.

. . .The life intelligence skill that overcomes time urgency and bottom-line mentality is the pursuit of competence, a drive for internal mastery, learning — not to show anyone else — that allows you to build enough facility to turn activities into passions and optimal experiences.

. . .You’re the entertainment director. If you don’t direct the show, somebody else will, and that’s not going to cut it with your core psychological needs.

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7 12 2010
Lynn

You’ve reminded me of an amazing movie, Singing Revolution, that I saw for the first time this year.
Here’s the trailer — http://youtu.be/DA9PmZo-2jo

Not to be nit-picky, but there’s no Cal State Irvine. I think you meant University of California, Irvine. (I live a hop, skip and jump from Irvine.)

7 12 2010
JJ

Thanks for the local eagle-eye. I just pasted what the columnist wrote but I checked the study itself, and you are of course, right. 😀

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