What’s the best scene in How The Grinch Stole Christmas?

I’m talking about the 1966 original, of course. Not the Jim Carrey abomination. (Yes, I said it.)

Now, hands down the best scene is when all the Whos in Whoville come together to sing that final Welcome Christmas song — proving that even though all their presents were stolen they can still come together with the Christmas spirit.

What’s the point?

You don’t need to be a Who for singing to make you happier. Loads of science is quickly piling up to help you make the case to let loose in the shower or on the highway.

Lead author Daniel Weinstein stated, “When they met to form the megachoir, the baseline level of bonding was low because they didn’t know each other, but it improved dramatically, indicating that even after only one singing session a large group of unfamiliar people can bond on the same level as those who are familiar within that group.”

I’ve seen first-hand the powerful effects of Toronto-based group Choir! Choir! Choir! I was speaking at a conference in Waterloo recently when Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman got the crowd worked into a frenzy singing, laughing, and dancing in their seats. A beautiful moment! It’s no wonder to me their act is taking off across the world.

Professor Lauren Stewart, Goldsmiths Department of Psychology, commented in the above study: “We argue that music is a particularly powerful way to encourage large groups to bond and backs up the notion that cultural phenomena such as national anthems, religious music or team chants are behaviours that promote social bonding among people we don’t know personally.”

My wife Leslie does always say the national anthem is her favourite part of the Leafs or Blue Jays game. Maybe that’s because singing in a group allows you to engage in something bigger than yourself. Way bigger! And you can wail without worry because you’re with a community of like-minded individuals all celebrating the same thing.

“Exercise is one of the few activities in life that is indisputably good for us,” explained New York Times bestselling author Daniel H. Pink in his book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. “Choral singing might be the new exercise.”

And what about the shy birds among us?

Well, there’s an easier solution. Go to a concert.

A study conducted by O2 and Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioural science and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmith’s University, found that attending live music concerts can improve well-being and increase lifespan. Does that help you justify those $500 Taylor Swift tickets? The study goes on to say bi-weekly concert attendance could extend your life expectancy by nine years. (Nine years? Sounds high to me, but that’s what they’re saying.)

The same study went on to note that participants reported an increase in happiness levels all around, with concert attendees experiencing an average increase of 25 per cent in feelings of self worth, 25 per cent in closeness to others, and an astonishing 75 per cent in mental stimulation.

They found simply attending a concert for as little as 20 minutes can increase feelings of well-being by 21 per cent . That means nothing by itself so the researchers compared this little “21 per cent high” to other known practices that improve well-being like yoga and dog-walking. What were they?

10 per cent and 7 per cent, respectively.

So what’s the conclusion?

Let Rover crap in the backyard and head to The Horseshoe.

I’ll see you there.

Neil Pasricha is the bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. His new podcast 3 Books is a Top 100 Ranked iTunes Podcast where each chapter uncovers and discusses the three most formative books of inspiring individuals. Check it out at www.3books.co.