Attending concerts and gigs regularly can actually improve your overall ‘satisfaction levels’, a new study has found.
Who doesn’t want to go to a concert, right? Jump up and down, sing along with the crowd, even if it’s a more private, club gig, the positive energy keeps on flowing and spreading from one person on to the next and so on and so forth.
We all know that attending such an event does put us in a good mood. You have a great time, talk with friends, have a drink, dance a little… there is no denying, you are bound to have a great time. Even if the band sucks, you’ll still feel the positive effects of the experience itself.
Well, now we have the extra proof, actually provided by scientists who do know what they are talking about, that going to gigs and concerts does make us happier and the happiness and good mood tend to linger on.
Conducted by scientists at Melbourne’s Deakin University, the study, titled ”If You’re Happy and You Know It: Music Engagement and Subjective Wellbeing”, surveyed a sample of 1,000 randomly selected Australians and concluded that enjoying a public musical event every now and then can boost the quality of your life.
According to the survey, those who make it a habit to blow off some steam at concerts or similar ‘communal’ musical events on a regular basis are generally more satisfied with their lives and reported higher levels of overall happiness.
The findings further suggest that the ‘social element’ in engaging music by dancing or attending musical events is linked with higher ‘subjective wellbeing’, as opposed to listening to music alone. In other words, you’ll have more fun with friends at a gig, than blasting the stereo home alone.
“The findings revealed that engaging with music by dancing or attending musical events was associated with higher SWB than for those who did not engage with music in these forms. The findings also emphasised the important role of engaging with music in the company of others with regard to SWB, highlighting an interpersonal feature of music,” it says in the study.
“The study provides an overview of the general relationship between music and SWB at a population level, by contrast to most research in the area that has focused on evaluating clinical interventions involving music. The insight gained from these findings can be used to inform future interventions and to better understand how music is involved in emotional regulation.”
Sadly enough, these findings don’t seem to apply to the people making the music, who, scientists say, generally seem to live shorter lives.
As far as the rest of us are concerned, well, the message can’t be any clearer.
As soon as you hear that a local band you like is playing in some club, don’t dwell on it and make plans to attend. It’s one of those simple things that you will never regret. It’s not a chore, so even if you feel tired or you don’t feel like going out, now you have scientific proof that it will do you good and will make you happier. Grab that coat and have fun!