Get Up and Dance!
Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of attending a Beatles Tribute concert, generously sponsored by Nostalgia Magazine, during which people of all ages and backgrounds jumped from their seats (including me!) and began to sway in the aisles, along with the tunes.
I even noticed a judicial candidate, along with a former state senator, celebrating and appreciating the harmonies.
What is it about music and dancing that remains so engaging to a wide variety of personalities?
Researchers have long advocated that a strong connection exists between good mental health, movement and musicality.
A recent study found that when you try to move in synchronicity with someone else, it also improves your self-esteem, which can reduce symptoms of depression, stress, anxiety, while encouraging a feeling of well-being.
For many years, my law firm organized and sponsored, along with many other community and business leaders, a Luncheon to help raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This time, we invited Ballroom Professionals to entertain us. At the end of the event, the performers then lead the entire crowd in a coordinated dance effort.
All the attendees giggled and laughed, really enjoying not only observing the professional routines, but especially delighting with participating in the group dance themselves.
Everyone left the event, smiling, displaying increased energy and connections with one another.
We know that our minds and bodies remain interdependent. The way we move clearly affects the way we think and feel. Could it be that one of the easiest ways to handle the issues of aging and life is simply to dance our way through it?!?
As the Beatles once sang, I don't need to hug or hold you tight, I just wanna dance with you all night, In this world there's nothing I would rather do, 'Cause I'm happy just to dance with you”!