Going to concerts can help you live longer. In a study published Tuesday, Patrick Fagan, an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmith’s University, in conjunction with the O2, a massive British entertainment district, found that going to a live music gig (at least once) every two weeks can actually improve your sense of well-being. Those who regularly attend concerts, the study found, could see a life expectancy increase of nine years. Nearly a decade more time on Earth just by going to gigs!
The gig experience increased participants feelings of wellbeing by 21% – with key markers across the happiness spectrum showing increases, including feelings of self-worth (+25%) and closeness to others (+25%) whilst mental stimulation climbed by an impressive 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,” said Fagan. His study cited previous research that found a correlation between activities that increase a sense of well-being and joy (like going to concerts, yoga, dog-walking) and extended life expectancy. So, basically, the happier you are, the healthier you are and the longer you live. Happy people go to concerts. Concert-goers live longer. Science!
I’ll raise a bit of reasonable skepticism around this study: Because it was conducted by the O2, a group that owns a large number of live music venues, this could exist solely to get people to buy more concert tickets. Devilish capitalism here, but I personally love going to shows so I’m more than happy to follow the study’s findings...and never die.