I recently had the opportunity to participate in my very first flash-mob. Holy cow! It was a FANTASTIC experience! Me and about 50 other folks spent about an hour learning the moves to Thriller before flash-mobbing in the lobby of our gym. What a rush! After the event I started thinking about how the experience might be related to mental health. And I think flash-mobbing has a lot to offer, psychologically speaking:
- Being part of a larger group and working on a common goal can go a long way toward feeling connected to others and being part of a community – important aspects of mental health
- Experiencing the adrenaline rush of being “on stage” and performing for a crowd is a natural, healthy “high”
- Trying something new and then succeeding at it can boost confidence and thus self esteem
- Acting like something that you usually aren’t (in my case a dancer, a performer and someone slightly younger than my real age) can be a fun break from everyday stressors, worries and roles
Who knew that doing something so light-hearted and seemingly un-related to psychology could have such a big impact on mental health? And it’s free and fun!
Another favorite flash-mob: