Music is a therapy in intself and people who spent time listening to happy music definitely made them feel happier!
Haven't some of the best memories of your life been made at a concert? That exhilarating feeling of sharing the same space with thousands of people who love the same kind of music you do, and it seems going to a concert actually has its own benefits, like making you live longer, according to a study by 02 and Goldsmith's University Associate Lecturer Patrick Fagan. The study says that 20 minutes at a show "can lead to a 21 percent increase in that feeling of well-being." It's like the best of both worlds; you don't have to tire yourself by standing for too long in the crowd, but you also get to expand your life span so you can just attend more concerts later!
Even more, research says that going to gigs 'directly links high levels of well-being with a lifespan increase of nine years'. Does this actually mean there could be a connection between attending concerts and how long you live? "Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness, and well-being - with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key," said Fagan.
To conclude the results of the study, participants had to undergo "psychometric testing and heart rate tests" as well as take part in activities that were positive for their health including attending concerts, doing yoga and dog-walking. Surprisingly, the results showed that people who attended gigs had an increase of 25 percent in feelings of self-worth and closeness to others and a 75 percent increase in mental stimulation. Who would've thought!
The study also found Britishers liked going to concerts than to just listen to music at home, but music, in general, has been found to increase happiness. In 2013, research in Finland determined that children who took part in singing classes had higher satisfaction rates at school. Also, another study by a team at the University of Missouri published research in The Journal of Positive Psychology has concluded that joyful music had a 'significantly positive effect' on good health.
“Our work provides support for what many people already do – listen to music to improve their moods,” said lead author Yuna Ferguson, who performed the study while she was an MU doctoral student in psychological science. “Although pursuing personal happiness may be thought of as a self-centered venture, research suggests that happiness relates to a higher probability of socially beneficial behavior, better physical health, higher income, and greater relationship satisfaction.”
In both studies by Ferguson, participants were found to successfully improve their moods in the short period and boosted their overall happiness over a two week period. During the first study, participants improved their mood after being instructed to attempt to do so, but it worked only if they listened to the upbeat music, as opposed to something more somber. Participants who listened to music without attempting to change their mood didn’t report a change in happiness.
Participants in the second study reported higher levels of happiness after two weeks of lab sessions in which they listened to positive music while trying to feel happier, compared to control participants who only listened to music. But, participants had to be wary of too much introspection into their mood or constantly asking, “Am I happy yet?” for Ferguson's people to put their research into practice.
“Rather than focusing on how much happiness they’ve gained and engaged in that kind of mental calculation, people could focus more on enjoying their experience of the journey towards happiness and not get hung up on the destination,” said Ferguson, whose work supported earlier findings by Ferguson’s doctoral advisor and co-author of the current study, Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological science in MU’s College of Arts and Science.
“The Hedonic Adaptation Prevention model, developed in my earlier research, says that we can stay in the upper half of our ‘set range’ of potential happiness as long as we keep having positive experiences, and avoid wanting too much more than we have,” said Sheldon. “Yuna’s research suggests that we can intentionally seek to make mental changes leading to new positive experiences of life. The fact that we’re aware we’re doing this, has no detrimental effect.”