According to research done by the Oxford university researchers, the fastest way to friendship is singing because some chemicals are released from the brain and this helps us to bond.
It may be the last thing you want to do on a work night out, but taking part in karaoke could make you closer to your colleagues. Research shows that singing breaks the ice, helping people bond more quickly than other activities.
Men and women who did a singing lessons at night school became friends more quickly than those who signed up for other classes. The Oxford University researchers said the singing may be nature’s way of helping big groups of people get together.
Today, this is showcased in the hit BBC2 series The Choir, in which choirmaster Gareth Malone uses the power of song to spark friendships, unite workplaces and make people happier.
But in the past, it would have aided survival and helped man colonise the globe. Writing in the Royal Society journal Open Science, the researchers added it may be no coincidence that group singing or chanting is often a cornerstone of religion.
They made the finding after asking people studying singing, creative writing and crafts and night school how close they felt to their classmates. Although all felt equally friendly by the end of the seven-month courses, those in the singing groups bonded more quickly.
Researcher Eilunid Pearce said: ‘We had expected the singing classes to feel closer to each other than the other classes at the end of the seven months. However, we found something different. ‘The difference between the singers and the non-singers appeared right at the start of the study.