According to a new study led by O2 and Goldsmith’s University Associate Lecturer Patrick Fagan, just 20 minutes of gig time promotes an increase in well-being of around 21% which, if repeated regularly, could lead to a longer life.
Other factors known to contribute towards happiness were also found to increase, including self worth (+25%) and closeness to others (+25%).
As Patrick Fagan explains:-
“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.”
To compare, practising yoga enhances feelings of well-being by 10%, while taking your dog for a walk gives you an average boost of 7%. According to the same research, watching a live performance leads to a 75% increase in mental stimulation.
Of course, it’s worth remembering that the study was led by O2, a company that owns a huge amount of concert venues across the UK.
All the same, music has been proven to work wonders for your happiness levels time and time again. So with festival season approaching, you know what you have to do…