According to a newly released study by O2 and Goldsmith’s University Associate Lecturer Patrick Fagan, listening to live music could help you live longer. The study monitored both the heart rate of subjects as well as their brain activity when listening to live music and determined that even just 20 minutes at a concert could lead to “a 21 percent increase in that feeling of well-being.”
Along with research that suggests a link between emotional and mental well-being and physical health, the study also suggests there’s a “[direct link of] high levels of well-being with a lifespan increase of nine years.”
“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,” Fagan told The Independent.
So going to concerts helps you live longer!
Of course, it should be noted that O2, one of the sponsors of the study, is also the owner and operator of many of the U.K.’s largest music venues. Nevertheless, we’ve closely followed how concerts can help make you happier and raise your quality of life.
So in between eating more vegetables, going for runs, doing yoga, and all the other things you do to help you live a long life, you should add going to concerts. It could be the most effective one of all.