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Humming and its Healthy Benefits

Updated on December 14, 2011

Humming for Good Health

The old saying 'the best things in life are free' certainly applies to the practice of humming. Some even describe humming as a form of therapeutic sound medicine. And all the benefits are free and readily available.

Everyone can do it - in fact, you can start right now, as you are reading this you can smoothly hum the words.

What are the benefits?

- Humming is similar to the traditional practice of chanting which, in turn, causes sound waves and vibrations to create a circuit of energy in the body and works to revitalize cells.

- Humming improves sinusitis - In fact many people suffer from sinus diseases and as a result are plagued by chronic fatigue. Humming improves the flow of nitric oxide which aids in effective sinus function. Humming will also clear blockages. By taking the time to hum, you may help or prevent sinus problems.

- Humming helps relieve physical stress and will soothe muscles in the face, head, neck and shoulders.

- Humming reduces emotional stress by reducing the number of thoughts in your head and helps with clarity of thinking. Humming tends to make you focus which is a good thing.

- Humming will significantly reduce the rate of breathing thus slowing down your heart rate which helps bring down your stress level.

- Humming calms your nervous system.

- Humming helps reduce insomnia.

- Humming helps lower blood pressure.

Haven't started humming yet? Stop now and do it for a moment or two. Or turn on the radio or pop in your favorite music and hum along with a song.

For an extra benefit, cover your ears when humming to help intensify the sensation. Happy humming!

For another free therapy - laughter - see the link below:

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      Alkaroy 3 years ago

      in the past I’ve had low blood pressure so understand completely.

      When I’ve felt dizzy doing anything from breathing exercises in yoga, humming meditation or anything else I simply stop and let my blood pressure http://onlinepharmacyreviews.org/forum/conditions-... adjust.

      I’m certainly no practitioner though, so if it doesn’t feel right don’t do it. Perhaps humming a tune whilst driving or cleaning the house might be an easier way to enjoy the benefits.

      I’ll ask a few of my friends who are practitioners and gather some facts for you.

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much Tashaonthetown!

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      Natasha Pelati 4 years ago from South Africa

      I hum when im stressed and I have only noticed this after reading! Great and insightful info in all your hubs!

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So true pmccray. Seems I remember lots of people humming but no more. Me included. Well, thanks for coming here because it reminds me to hum - and thanks for the votes - yay!

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      pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

      I am definitely going to try this. You know humans hum when their happy, I think the times are such that many of us have for gotten how. Thanks for the reminder. Voted up, marked useful and interesting.

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      BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I don't know chandni doshi. It does seem like it would help since it works for sinusitis - and I think because it is so harmless and healthy, that it is worth a try.

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      chandni doshi 5 years ago

      Is humming good to reduce nasal sound

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ah, yes creativelycc - my mother was a hummer and my father was a whistler. I can hear them now from 50 years ago. Thank you for commenting.

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Wonderful hub! I have many memories of hearing my father humm as a child and the feeling of contentment it would bring me!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome travel_man1971. Thanks for commenting. I wonder just how many of us remember all the words of a song. Hmmmmm. Even words I thought were right - when I saw them on paper - well, no, wrong. Humming works then.

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      Ireno Alcala 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I usually hum and sing fragments of song. If I didn't know the lyrics, I hum, then I sing alternately (LOL!!!). I've been bothered by my sinusitis, so it's really good for me.

      Thanks, Ms. BkC!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      How lovely to sing and hum to your daughter - and she will grow up and do the same thing. What a lovely legacy!

      Thanks for sharing this!

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      RandomThoughts... 6 years ago from Washington

      I knew there was a reason I sang and hummed the same song to my daughter at bedtime for the last six or so years...Thanks for letting me know it was healthy too.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much cherrycrime26. I'm so glad humming works for you - I'm glad you shared that. And I'm enjoying your interesting hubs! Yay!

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      January Moon 6 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

      Wow I often hum when I feel really really stressed out, to the point where I feel insane, and the humming brings me back to reality, calms me down and keeps me sane:) , Wonderful hub.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I believe in chanting OM too - and it does make me feel so much better. Thanks for your input and I'm enjoying your amazing and informative hubs. Brilliant!

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      DevBlue 6 years ago from Mauritius

      Nice Hub. In Yoga, which I practice, I chant the OM sound which creates vibrations in your brain. I see that Humming brings similar results and slows down your blood circulation and brings you peace of mind.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome fucsia. I'm so glad we can find ways to relieve stress without a toxic drug or a gun or etc. We're better than that.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      fucsia 6 years ago

      I realize reading your page that in certain situation of stress, such as an emergency or when I am angry, I hum! I did not know its benefits, now I think that I will do it with more awareness. Thanks for sharing!

      fucsia

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm sooooo glad! Thanks for your clever comment. Yay!

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      nicomp really 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

      hmmmm hmmmmmmmmmmm hmmmmmm hmmmmmmmmmm

      I feel better already!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub Sun-Girl. And every time I come here it's a reminder to hum. I have a feeling you are quite healthy. And nice to meet you by the way!

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      Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

      Actually, i cant help but just laugh while i browse this funny hub of yours,i really hum a lot and never that it has a lot of health benefit attached to it.thanks for educating me.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ooooh no objections and thanks so much. Aren't the comments fun? I learn so much from other hubbers. Thanks for commenting and linking! Yay!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Neat hub! I have heard of humor therapy, but humming...any one can do that! This has generated some interesting comments. Great stuff! :)

      I would like to link it to my flax seed: soothing comfort hub.

      If you have any objection please let me know.

      Thanks for a great read! :)

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So glad you liked the hub sophie_allen! Humming helped me rest the other night when I hurt my shoulder and was in pain. Argh! Thanks for commenting. Great to meet you too!

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      sophie_allen 6 years ago from Washington D.C. USA 20002

      I will hum more often to get sleepy. Thanks for sharing this. Great hub!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so glad you like it creativeone59. Thanks for writing!

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      benny Faye Douglass 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you BK, for aan awesome hub with great advice. Thanks for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you so much pmmcray - every time I come here I realize I forgot to hum. And thanks for the vote. Yay!

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      Not only am I humming, but I just realized I haven't hummed in quite some time. Telling don't you think? Humm voted up, marked useful and beautiful.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome toknowinfo- and thanks for awesome rating!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Sounds like humming is a new habit I will have to develop. Thanks for a very informative and interesting hub. Rated up and awesome.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much Treasureofheaven (love that name). It's been so good to meet you and explore your hubs. I too will hum more often. Yay!

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      BkCreative, I couldn't help but chuckle while I read this Hub. Cool it is. You are brilliant as one Hubber said - this Hub is fascinating.

      I will Hum more often.

      Thanks a bunch. Definitely UP and Awesome!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So glad you hummed while reading this Veronica Allen! Hope the humming helps with insomnia. I find it soooo soothing!

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      Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

      My friend suffers from insomnia and so do I at times so I'm going to have to try this. How cool! You know...I hummed while I was reading this! Rated it up!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome katiem2. I am so glad you enjoyed this topic. It was so much fun as I hummed along when I researched. Thanks for commenting!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      What a great and refreshing topic, humming always makes me feel good! Thanks for the encouraging reminder to keep humming a happy tune. :) Katie

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Ah it all makes sense - thanks so much prasetio30 - I always like to hear a personal experience. Maybe the humming is why you are also so mellow. Great! Thanks for the rating!

      I think a humming event would be so much fun! Good clean fun - I love it. Thanks for commenting shygirl2!

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      shygirl2 6 years ago

      My grandma was known for her soft whistling. Humming, well I don't know...it's for some I suppose. Hey, maybe they should have a humming contest like American Idol? Do you think it would be successful? lol! just kidding. Great hub Bk. :D

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I have to keep humming. I believe this make me always healthy. Actually I did this during my brisk walking or jogging. Wow... it's so relaxing. Thanks for share with us. Vote up.

      Prasetio

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome daydreamer13 - I love when I come across these useful, healthy - and free bits of information.

      I'm so glad mindyjgirl!

      It does Trsmd - I have to remember to keep it up!

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      Trsmd 6 years ago from India

      yes.. Humming is a real exercise and keeps healthy..

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      Mindy 6 years ago from Cottage Grove, Oregon

      You caught me humming! Awesome :)

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      Wow! I never knew any of that! Thanks for sharing this!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Sam9999 - it seems I remember far more people humming way back when. I think I want my grandchildren to remember me humming. Such a nice memory to share - thanks for that!

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      Sam9999 6 years ago

      I remember my grandmother humming all the time. It was quite soothing to listen to her. Since I can't carry a tune to save my life, I will hum when by myself. Great Hub.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      How great is that Alta5656 - to be able to attract our very own mosquitoes! I'll try it this summer and see what happens. Last year I had two in the house that tormented me every night. Ah, but this year I adopted a wonderful tough kitty - when a giant fly came in heading directly for my head she intercepted - and the fly fled and hid for 2 whole days. She found it hiding in the bedroom curtains and put an end to the madness.

      Thanks for your fun comment - yay!

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      Alta5656 6 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

      Humming attracts mosquitoes, so please be careful also. There are fruit trees around the house so I've experienced being swarmed by them every time I hum, or even sing softly. Bydway I'm a professional singer so I don't think they're bothered by my singing, hehehe... It's a fact that humming really attracts them, right BkC?

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm humming as I read your comment Feline Prophet! It's a habit I have to cultivate - and I do feel better when I do it!

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      Feline Prophet 6 years ago

      I think I'm going to try some conscious humming everyday - who knew the benefits were so manifold! :)

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Good for you akirchner! Embrace your humming. It would be great if we could all get together and do like a humming concert.

      Thanks for sharing your humming experiences. Yay!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      What a very clever idea! I'm actually a hummer from way back (although that could be taken a lot of ways couldn't it?)

      I can't carry a tune in a bag to be honest so I've always resorted to humming my way through life. Everyone always asks me if I just don't know the words but I just hum because I think it's less risky (and quieter) than belting out a tune and having folks laugh their heads off.

      Now when I do it, I'll think - smart you - you're helping yourself! Maybe I'll not feel so embarrassed then when I'm 'humming along'.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome Jalus!

      For sure TheListLady - everything we have ever needed has been provided and then we show thanks by destroying it. Sigh!

      It is fun CountryCityWoman - and every time I come back to this hub it reminds me to hum.

      I'd say yes to that quicksand it is natural - it's worth remembering.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Humming comes naturally to most of us, right? Especially so when we have completed a task satisfactorily, or even when we are certain of good news.

      Thanks for pointing out some new facts. :)

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      CountryCityWoman 6 years ago from From New York City to North Carolina

      Oh this is just so much fun and yes I did hum my way through it. I must remember to do this.

      Thanks so much. Rated up and a yay here too!

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      It's always something free, something simple and something we've had all along that can keep us healthy. This beats all the toxic drugs out there.

      Thanks a million and rated up. Yay!

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      Jalus 6 years ago

      I had no idea that humming offered so many benefits. Thank you for the knowledge!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so glad you liked the hub PWalker281 - And Om is just like humming. I also played the flute when I was in elementary school - talk about being proud. I too will be Om-ing and humming more - even put it on my 'to-do' list. Thanks for writing!

      Hum on KoffeeKlatch Gals - good for you!

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am a hummer. However, I had no idea it could help insomnia. Thanks for the info. Great job.

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Great hub, BKCreative! I wrote a hub a while back about the health benefits of "Om-ing" and knew the two had to be related since there's a hum when the Om is extended.

      When I was in elementary school, I played the flute. I remember participating in a band performance for the kindergarten class (I was in the 6th grade). We played Ba Ba Black Sheep, and after that song, I felt exhilarated. I didn't know why, just that I felt really good. It's not humming or chanting but similar principles were probably at work.

      Don't have a flute to play, so I'm going to be humming and om-ing a lot more. Thanks for the reminder. Rated up!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Well maven101 I am going to go and hum at my cat as soon as she wakes up - how can I not. Can't wait to see her reaction. Meanwhile, I am going to have a cup of coffee and hum as I prepare it. Now maybe I will develop that as a habit - prepare coffee and hum while I do it. Thanks for the cat and coffee tip!

      I'm glad you shared your mother's heart with us Pollyannalana - that is lovely. And there is nothing better than a personal comment. So far humming is hit and miss with me - but really, how can we go wrong doing this. Thanks for commenting!

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      You know my mom was a hummer, whistler, singer, 16 hours a day up until the last few years with Alzheimer's and nursing home people claim she yodeled for them all the time and I never got to hear that but only a few years before her death a cardiologist said she had the heart of a young girl so I would say that is proof it is true. Great hub share, maybe will help many if they give it a try. I am more of a listener of music but some hum comes with that too.

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      maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

      I love to hum...It sets the tone for me while having my morning coffee and reading all my favorite Hubbers, like you...I get a kick out of the puzzled look on my cat's face when I start humming...

      Voted up and useful, thanks, Larry

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm glad you feel like humming Micky Dee - I'm making a conscious effort to do so - like now.

      Enjoy your humming cheapsk8chick!

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      cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

      I never knew humming was good for you! I will certainly start humming a little more and singing a little less. But whistling I just can't deal with. Don't like to hear it, and I don't like to do it because it promotes wrinkles around the mouth!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      For some reason I feel like humming! Great hub. Thank you!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know it does feel good GreenThumbLady. I just need to develop the habit so I put it on my 'to do' list. lol!

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      GreenThumbLady 6 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      I just hummed while reading this whole hub! lol

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Jo wouldn't it be fun if we got together and hummed and hummed. Just sat around humming. No talking. Just humming.

      You know thoughforce - I read that singing is another great form of therapy - to strengthen lungs, reduce stress and so much more - but that's a whole other hub.

      Glad to hear you hum from time to time dahoglund. I'm just surprised I am not doing it more often - so I put it on my 'to do' list.

      You're so very welcome DeBorrah K. Ogans - So glad you found the hub interesting.

      Ah thus the name HealthyHanna - excessive humming equals good health. I guess we have to do it privately. I think maybe when I am walking I can hum as well.

      What a lovely compliment Darski. Thanks so much - and I am humming as I write this. I remember my father whistling ever so beautifully. I'm sure there are health benefits there as well. Thanks for the up rating!

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Oh my dearest friend, this is the most brilliant hub in the world, my mom hummed and my dad whistled, I am humming while I write your comment, love this hub, the best rate way up up up love & peace darski

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      HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

      I hum excessively. I'm glad to know it is good for my stress level. I just hope it isn't offensive to others.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Bk Creative, Interesting! Humming is really relaxing! Thank You for sharing another one of your healthy creative hubs! In His Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I have been know to hum from time to time. Maybe I should do it more.

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Yes, Of course I am humming after reading this excellent hub about all the benefits I will get from humming! I knew that singing was good for me; better air ventilation, happiness etc. But if humming gives me all these benefits it is even better! To hum is something I can do without disturbing my surroundings so much! I do think that I can sing pretty well so if I do disturb anyone it isn’t because of bad singing voice! (At least I think so) What I mean is that even a good voice can sometimes be disturbing for others. But to hum is another thing! It can even be relaxing to others!

      As always I got great advices from you, and as you say, it is totally free!

      Brilliant hub and very useful!

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      JO 6 years ago

      I am going to start humming daily......which means everyone else will be covering their ears.....

      I can't sing or dance, so I don't think I will be good at

      this, but it will be great to annoy my family....

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you essiheart! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      essiheart 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Great hub, I enjoyed reading it!