Here’s something you don’t expect to see in the news.
A scientific study conducted by O2 and Patrick Gagan, a behavioral science expert and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmith’s University, found that “attending a live music gig once a fortnight could have life expectancy rocketing by nine years due to its power to positively impact wellbeing.”
In other words: getting out and dancing to your favorite artists is actually good for you.
The study, released just a few days ago, conducted psychometric and heart-rate tests on a number of well-being activities. It found that the wellbeing of individuals studied increased by 21% from only 20 minutes of attending a live gig, whereas yoga only resulted in 10% and dog-walking resulted in 7%.
Study participants that attended live concerts were “most likely to score their happiness, contentment, productivity and self-esteem at the highest level (10/10), suggesting that regularly experiencing live music is the key to building a long-standing improvement to wellbeing” (O2).
When discussing the study, Fagan explained:
“Our 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.”
So give yourself a night off, head to the club and catch a live set from one of your favorite artists. Your well-being will thank you.