A team of scientists in the Experimental Psychology and Anthropology Departments at Oxford University recently conducted a study on the benefits of getting out on the dance floor. The study was conducted to measure the relationship between endorphin levels and dancing in association with social bonding and interaction. The first part of the study started with 264 Brazilian students separated into multiple groups based on their stamina levels and different degrees of skill.
After the timed dance party ended the researches ran pain tolerance tests using an inflatable blood pressure cuff on the participants’ arm and concluded that Endorphin levels of the dancers with the higher energy levels were also higher. Endorphin is the chemical neurotransmitters in your brain used to combat pain, and when released it gives your body a euphoric feeling. The dancers with the higher endorphin levels also felt more emotionally connected with one another in their group.
Bronywn Tarr, one of the researchers at Oxford University, found the significance of feeling connected with one another was linked with chemical the connection between the hormones and levels of endorphin released during dancing.
Tarr explained, “Dance is an important activity around the world, and it could be a way to connect with other people and feel socially bonded. We wanted to see the effect of high and low energy, and synchronized and synchronized dancing had on both pain threshold and the sense of bondedness to fellow group-members. As it’s hard to measure endorphin levels directly, we used pain thresholds as an indirect measure. More endorphins mean we tolerate pain better, so measuring relative increases in people’s pain thresholds can indicate whether endorphins are being released.”
As you can see, dancing is beneficial in so many ways, not only for your body, but for your mind as well. When you dance you’re able to release stress, make personal connections, and express your emotions in a physical way.