Science Says Going to Concerts Can Help You Live Longer
Good news: If you’re a regular concert-goer, you could be adding years to your life without even knowing it. Per a recent study by British concert venue O2, seeing live music every few weeks—yep, you read that right—can play a significant role in boosting your well-being, thereby increasing life expectancy by almost a decade.
How exactly did they figure this out? O2, together with behavioral science expert Patrick Fagan, scientifically measured the positive impact of several activities associated with happiness and well-being—such as yoga, dog-walking, and attending music concerts. The results showed that concert-going increased participants’ feelings of well-being by 21 percent—a clear winner.
The team defined well-being by a few emotional factors: self-esteem, closeness to others, and mental stimulation. Researchers found that, after experiencing a concert, subjects’ self-worth and sense of closeness to others both increased by 25 percent, and mental stimulation jumped up by a whopping 75 percent.
Seeing one round of live music obviously has short-term positive effects, but frequent concert attendance has the largest impact on your mind, mood, and life expectancy. Researchers found a clear, positive correlation between concert-going frequency and well-being.
“Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness, and wellbeing—with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key,” Fagan says. “Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription of a gig a fortnight [every couple of weeks], which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life.”
Does everyone have the time and money to see Adele perform live every two weeks? Sadly, no. But when you can, this is the perfect excuse to be spontaneous and buy yourself some concert tickets. At the very least, grab a few friends and head to a local bar for live music as often as you can.
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