While we didn’t need any convincing that music plays a fundamental role in how we perceive the world and our societies, an Australian study involving 1000 people has concluded that those who regularly attend live music concerts are happier than those who don’t.
Exploring the connection between habitual music engagement and subjective wellbeing—a fun term coined to evaluate life satifaction—the study uses data gathered in 2014 to provide insight on the relationship between music engagement and subjective wellbeing. The findings revealed that those engaging with music by dancing or attending musical events were associated with higher subjective wellbeing in comparison to those who do not. In short, the survey reports that people who went to any sort of communal musical event were much happier than their counterparts.
These links all fall-back to the experience of live music, where habitual music engagement has strengths in providing communal elements in everyday socialising—it’s the classic “if you’re having fun, then I’m having fun too” situation. So the next time you want to go to that gig or club with mates, remember that the joy you’re feeling is rooted in that human desire for community and the cool emotional regulation that music promotes.