Music lovers rejoice! All the money you’re spending attending gigs regularly might be draining your bank account but it’s also adding years to your life according to a recent study.
A report conducted by O2 and Goldsmiths University’s Associate Lecture Patrick Fagan (who specialises in behavioural science) found spending just 20 minutes watching a live band results in a massive 21 percent increase in feelings of wellbeing.
The research also discovered a direct link between “high levels of well-being [and] a lifespan increase of nine years,” suggesting all those nights spent in crammed pubs watching your mate’s shitty cover band play Cold Chisel are beneficial to your health.
The findings were discovered by using bespoke psychometric and heart-rate tests on a number of people experiencing a wide range of wellbeing activities, such as yoga, dog walking and gig going.
As well as people attending live music showing a 21 percent increase in feelings of wellbeing, the study also found their feelings of self-worth and closeness to others rose by 25 percent whilst their mental stimulation increased by an astonishing 75 percent.
The study states those who gig regularly are most “likely to score their happiness, contentment, productivity and self-esteem at the highest level (10/10),” meaning you should stop looking for validation on social media and get off your ass and go see some live music.
Listening to music in the comfort of your own home also works, but the study revealed 67 percent of people prefer going to a live concert as sharing the experience with others makes them feel happier and more content than doing it solo.
Speaking on the results Fagan 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 almost a decade more years of life.”
While it all sounds great, you have to remember O2 is one of the biggest music venues in the UK and any correlation between seeing live music and feeling good about yourself is going to be good business for them.
Cynicism aside, the evidence does point to attending gigs as a great source of happiness and mental wellbeing, so do yourself a favour and check out some live music this weekend.