Often we all come here to moan about our sadness, loneliness and just general fed up ness (I know I do). Some of you will know that sometimes when posting advice to others I allude to the fact that joining a choir has helped me a lot. This afternoon I was listening to Steve Wright as I moved from one work site to another and Gareth Malone was on extolling the virtues of how good singing is for you. So I thought I would do a little research (yes work is slow this afternoon) to see if there was any good quality research to back this up. Well there is a large study in 2005 found that regardless of the sound produced singing in a choir reduced anxiety, depression and loneliness and increased happiness and joy. So it's not just me. I have meet new lovely friendly people through choir who have helped me to combat all those bad feelings. So here I am extolling the virtues to other lone parents (it's for men too) and saying many choirs now have daytime sessions for those who have no babysitters (my choirs daytime session even allows babies to attend!).