STUDY: Going to a Concert Better For You Than Yoga

Watching live music is better for your wellbeing than yoga, a new study has found.

Experts came to the conclusion after volunteers were fitted with heart rate monitors, split up and sent to a Paloma Faith concert, a yoga session or to walk their dog.

Psychometric tests carried out before and after the activities — all of which are known stress-busters — found those who enjoyed 20 minutes of a Paloma Faith concert had a higher level of “wellness” than other participants.

Carried out by Patrick Fagan, an expert in behavioral science and an associate lecturer at Goldsmith’s University in London, the results show those who attended the live concert saw their mood boosted by 21 percent.

By contrast, the volunteers who took part in a 20-minute yoga session increased their wellbeing by just 10 percent.

And those who walked their dog saw only a seven percent hike in their happiness.

Fagan, who worked with O2 on the project, said: “Our research showcases the profound impact concerts have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing — with fortnightly (every two weeks) or regular attendance being the key.”




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