If you want to feel good, go to a concert instead of a fitness class. New research finds that live music is better for your wellbeing than practicing yoga.
The study by O2 and Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioural science and associate lecturer at Goldsmith’s University, found that just 20 minutes of live music gives people a 21 percent increase in feelings of wellbeing.
Accompanying research found that attending a concert twice a month could extend one’s life by nine years.
The study involved three groups of volunteers, who were equipped with heart rate monitors. The participants were split up and sent to a Paloma Faith concert, a yoga class, and a dog walking session—all activities that are known to reduce stress.
Psychometric tests showed that those who attended the concert had the highest level of “wellness.” They had a 25 percent increase in self-worth and closeness to others as well as a 75 percent increase in mental stimulation.
“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,” noted Fagan.
The same results aren’t delivered when people listen to music in private. A survey of 2,000 British adults found that 67 percent felt happier listening to live music versus music at home. It suggests that it’s the shared experience that increases levels of wellness.
The artists who made people feel the happiest? Ed Sheeran, Phil Collins, and George Michael.
Forty percent of those surveyed said they loved the atmosphere of a live music crowd. Ten percent actually described it as a “spiritual experience.”
“We all know just how good it is seeing your favourite band or artist live, but now we have the proof,” said O2 spokesperson Nina Bibby.
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