Study found people who listen to music, sing, or compose music have higher levels of happiness.
We all know how music has a significant impact on our day-to-day lives. It's just one of those things that you can't imagine a world without it existing. Aside from being an enjoyable past time, music is therapeutic. It would be a very sad and boring world without music.
So, it's really no surprise that one Australian study found that people who go to concerts and music festivals tend to be happier people. The study "showed a connection between people's happiness levels and whether or not they attend music events."
Published in the Psychology of Music journal, researchers interviewed around 1,000 Australians via phone. They were asked to rate how satisfied they were with their life on a zero-to-ten scale. Follow-up questions included specifics about how happy they were with their health, relationships, and achievements, as well as their "habitual modes of engagement with music."
Participants were asked whether or not they listened to music, played an instrument, sang or danced, created or composed music, and attended music events. If they said "yes" to these questions, they were questioned about whether they engaged in music alone or with others.
People who go to concerts reported greater levels of satisfaction with their life. However, this also means that they tend to be wealthier, and thus, well-off enough to afford expensive concert tickets.
Meanwhile, people who reported that they sing were found to also score higher in standard of living and "sense of community connectedness" than those who didn't sing. Lastly, people who danced also scored higher health satisfaction, life achievement, and relationships compared to those who didn't dance.
According to a report in Pacific Standard Magazine, "compared to people who did not participate in these activities, members of both groups gave themselves significantly higher ratings on several important scales, including life achievements, relationships, and community."
So, you know what this means.
Whether it's listening to music, singing along to songs on the radio, attending concerts (both free and expensive), or just dancing along, this means that in order to achieve a higher level of happiness, we make room for music, enjoying it for the fun and excitement it offers.