News — August 18, 2016 at 11:52 am

New study confirms going to gigs officially makes you happier


A new study has found that attending concerts regularly can positively impact how you feel about your life and make you feel happier.

concert crowd

The study, conducted by researchers at Victoria’s Deakin University, is titled ‘If you’re happy and you know it: Music engagement and subjective wellbeing’. It surveyed 1,000 people and found that “engaging with music by dancing or attending musical events was associated with higher [subjective wellbeing] than for those who did not engage with music in these forms”.

The report continues: “The findings also emphasised the important role of engaging with music in the company of others with regard to [subjective wellbeing], highlighting an interpersonal feature of 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, heightened wellbeing cannot be said for musicians themselves. Sydney University researchers recently found that on average, musicians die 25 years younger than non-musicians, with suicide rates among musicians between two and seven times greater than among the general population.


But in the meantime, rest easy that that concert you just blew your last paycheck on, you know, the one that forced you to live on a ramen diet for a month? That’s an investment in your happiness.