Debating whether to go to that next festival or concert? Well, go ahead and book it because new information has been revealed that gig-going can help you live longer. In a study done by O2 and Goldsmith’s University Associate Lecturer Patrick Fagan, they found that attending shows every two weeks can extend life expectancy by nine years!
And that’s not all. The study also revealed that wellbeing increased by 21% from 20 minutes of gig-going, which is much more than just 10% increase of wellbeing from yoga. Also, mental stimulation increased by a whopping 75%!
Accompanying research also showed that:
“Those who attend live concerts once a fortnight and more were the most likely to score their happiness, contentment, productivity and self-esteem at the highest level (10/10), suggesting that regularly experiencing live music is the key to building a long-standing improvement to wellbeing.”
Patrick Fagan, who is an expert in behavioral science noted:
“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 go ahead—grab your friends and buy those tickets! Cheers to happiness and a longer life.