Going to gigs makes you live longer and happier, study finds

Make sure that you’re going to see live music regularly if you want to live a long and happy life, says science.

A new study by Goldsmith’s University Associate Lecturer, Patrick Fagan, and commissioned by O2 has discovered some great news about gigs. Their report investigated the effect of watching live music found that it could have such a positive effect that you could live for nine years longer than non-concert lovers.

The report showed that just 20 minutes spent at a gig could result in a 21% increase in feelings of wellbeing. Beyond the happiness factor their study also shows that going to see live music every fortnight could increase life expectancy by a whopping 9 years thanks to it’s powerful effect on mental wellbeing.

Key markers were noted alongside the 21% increase in feelings of wellbeing. This elevated mood was linked with a 25% rise in feelings of self worth, a 25% increase in closeness to others, and mental stimulation was shown to grow by an incredible 75%.

Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioural science and associate lecturer at Goldsmith’s University, said: “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 almsot a decade more years of life.”

Surveys also correlate with the findings in the study with over two-thirds (67%) of Brits saying that live music makes them feel happier compared with listening to music at home or alone. So if you’re looking to live a long, healthy, and happy life then you had better start booking tickets to some more gigs.

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