Research shows that going to concerts could help you live longer, and this is music to our ears
Concert season can be stressful. Fun, but stressful. First, you have to gather your crew and get tickets. Well, that’s if you’re lucky enough to actually land concert tickets, not to mention be able to afford them. Then, there’s the dilemma of what to wear to the concert or weekend-long music festival. Like, seriously, how do you dress for Coachella? But it turns out that there may be an added benefit to seeing live music: Apparently, going to concerts can help you live longer.
Research conducted by U.K. music venue O2 and Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioral science, revealed that attending live shows or “gigs” can lead to an extended life expectancy of nine years. Their study found that simply going to concerts on a regular basis had a greater impact on well-being than some physical activities.
So essentially, what they’re saying is that seeing Beyoncé and Jay-Z in concert not only gives us life during the show but can also extend our life after for years to come. Count us in.
The study monitored participants’ heart rates and psychometrics, and the results were astonishing. After just 20 minutes at a concert, participants experienced increased feelings of self-worth, closeness to others, and a 21% increase in well-being. On the flip side, yoga and dog-walking only increased well-being by 10% and 7%, respectively.
We all know there’s power in music. But it seems the act of attending a show has measurable benefits of its own.
Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed said they felt happier attending a show versus simply listening to their favorite artist’s music at home.
It’s the sense of togetherness that you experience at a live show that gives you those feel-good feelings. But it’s also the frequency with which you attend. According to the study, if you want to live longer, going to a show once every two weeks is the sweet spot.
"Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing – with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key," Fagan said. "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 and buy those tickets. It’s good for you — literally.