Live music lovers rejoice! Your favorite past time might just add years to your life.
That’s according to the results of research conducted by Goldsmith University behavioral science expert, Patrick Fagan, in a study commissioned by 02 – owners of some of the UK’s largest concert venues.
In a press release announcing the study’s findings, Fagan claims that attending a concert once every two weeks could increase life expectancy by as much as 9 years, citing a link between “high levels of well-being [and] a lifespan increase.”
For the investigation, researchers administered bespoke psychometric testing and heart-rate tests on participants in the study and demonstrated that experiencing a gig for just 20 minutes can result in a 21% increase in feelings of well-being.
The study also ascertained that concert-going participants demonstrated an increase in feelings of closeness to others (25%), self-worth (25%), and mental stimulation (75%), with most scoring their “happiness, contentment, productivity and self-esteem at the highest level.”
Additionally, 67% of those surveyed reported that they enjoyed experiencing music live rather than at home, “showcasing that the shared experience, which performed so strongly in the research, is key to increasing wellbeing.”
This new research “showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing – with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key. Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription of a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life,” said Fagan.
Whether you are or are not a concert-goer, these findings suggest you should be. It might just add a decade to your life!
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