Going to concerts regularly is one of the things that makes life worth living. And now there is evidence that gig-goers are happier with their lives overall.
An Australian study decided to explore "the connection between habitual music engagement and subjective well-being (SWB)". Most previous research has focused on evaluating clinical responses to music, but the Australian experts went one further by observing people's responses in a group setting.
What did they discover?
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 study interviewed 1000 participants by telephone and analysed their habits from attending festivals to hitting clubs. The results suggest that engaging with music in a communal setting on a regular basis led to increased levels of happiness.
While it's alright to listen to music on your own, apparently the real benefits come from doing so in a group so it's best to keep going to concerts if you want to avoid becoming an Eleanor Rigby type figure.
If you were in any doubt as to the transcendent nature of live music surrounded by your fellow man, watch this: