The findings of a new study has suggested that regularly going to gigs can actually help you live longer!
The report was conducted by O2 and Goldsmith’s University Associate Lecturer Patrick Fagan. Fagan, is a specialist in behavioral science and has come up with some interesting conclusions.
According to the study, attending a gig for just 20 minutes can result in a 21% increase in a general sense of well-being. Continued research found a direct link between ‘high levels of well-being [and] a lifespan increase of nine years’, which seems to suggest that being exposed to live music could help you live a longer life.
Psychometric testing and heart rate examinations were carried out on participants of the study, with a 25% increase in feelings of self-worth, 25% increase closeness to others and a 75% increase in mental stimulation was reported when those participants attended a gig.
The study also found that those who went to gigs once a fortnight are most likely to score their ‘happiness, contentment, productivity and self-esteem at the highest level’.
Patrick Fagan commended the ‘profound’ impact gigs can have on the human experience:
“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 it’s official, supporting live music can be good for your health! We’re going to live a very long life it seems!