A study has shown that attending live concerts can actually help extend your life by up to about 10 years.
The study was conducted as a joint project between London’s O2 arena and Goldsmith University Associate Lecturer Patrick Fagan.
They say just 20 minutes of solid gig time can lead to a 21% increase in the feeling of well-being.
Further research “directly links high levels of well-being with a lifespan increase of nine years”, which means that there could be a strong link between gig-going and how long you live.
Participants took part in well-being activities like yoga, dog-walking and attending gigs while bespoke psychometric testing and heart rate tests were conducted.
Results found people who watched the concert felt 25% happier than those who did not, and their familiarity with others also increased by 25%. Positive mental stimulation rose by 75%.
Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and well-being – 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.
— Professor Patrick Fagan
This study isn’t the only one that suggests attending live performances is good for your health. Research by the University of Missouri published in the Journal of Positive Psychology concluded that upbeat music had a “significantly positive effect” on well-being.
So, the next time someone asks you why you listen to K-Pop, tell them it’s good for your health!
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