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Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness Singing with Others

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According to Chorus America, 32.2 million American adults sing in choirs, and that number goes up to 42.6 million when you include children. In this delightful book, Stacy Horn shares her experiences as a member of the Choral Society of Grace Church in New York City for almost 30 years. She notes: “Singing is the one thing in my life that never fails to take me to where disenchantment is almost nonexistent and feeling good is pretty much guaranteed.”

Horn writes about the church, the perfectionistic choir director, her role as a soprano, blending in with other voices to make harmonious sounds, the positive impact singing has upon being generous, the increase in levels of dopamine (feelings of pleasure) from singing, and the other highs that come from a group of people getting together to sing (Algonquin Books).


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