the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, A new study conducted by O2, a company which owns some of United Kingdom’s largest music venues, and Patrick Fagan claims that attending live concerts can help increase life expectancy and improve overall well-being.
Fagan, who is an associate lecturer a Goldsmith University specializing in behavioral science, said, “Our research showcases the profound impact gigs have on feelings of health, happiness and wellbeing – with fortnightly or regular attendance being the key. Combining all of our findings with O2’s research, we arrive at a prescription of a gig a fortnight which could pave the way for almost a decade more years of life.”
The study conducted psychometric and heart-rate tests with participants who attended concerts, practiced yoga, and walked dogs. Those who attended concerts felt a 21% increase in well-being – compared to 10% for yoga and 7% for dog-walking – with a 25% increased feeling of self-worth, a 25% increased feeling of closeness to others, and 75% increased mental stimulation. (https://www.wfmt.com/2018/07/23/study-claims-attending-live-concerts-increases-life-expectancy-improves-well-being-more-than-yoga-and-dog-walking/?fbclid=IwAR2UKsQTrX8xMi5t-LvjqxhMLDqFJoSMr1cPQ5wvtPvgYLcLkSI2JiebPLg)
All the more reason to enjoy free musical performances under the stars, Tuesdays and Thursdays, throughout the summer at the Kasschau Memorial Shell at Veteran’s Field, Ridgewood. Each show begins at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted, in the band shell at Veteran’s Field. Bring a chair or blanket.