How Live Music Has Way More Benefits Than You’d Think
Music can help us all with our mental health. Our own experiences with music can help us cope with mental illnesses, and it continues to help us beyond our recovery programs.
Having an emotional connection to an artist and their music can open the door to a powerful experience seeing them perform live. In fact, there is evidence now that seeing live music can help lengthen a person’s life and help with their mental health.
This means that going to the nearest show isn’t just a fun way to feel more at peace with ourselves. Instead, there are some genuine, physical reactions to live music that provide important benefits.
This study proves that “music is good for the soul” is based on scientific fact. It shows that music is literally good for the soul, at every level.
A New Study
The study was conducted by a behavioral scientist, Patrick Fagan, and O2, a company that helps coordinate concert series around the world. To do their research, they strapped heart-rate monitoring devices to their subjects.
Subjects then engaged in activities that are often associated with wellness, including concert-going, yoga, and walking dogs. What they found was that going to a live show had a significant impact on the person.
Taking in just 20 minutes of live music every two weeks improved self-perceived well-being by more than 20%. That is a large number and a massive benefit to a person’s mental health.
More than two-thirds of the subjects described feeling healthier and happier when experiencing music with a group of like-minded fans. They also described a 25% increase in feelings of self-worth, a 25% increase in closeness to others, and a 75% increase in mental stimulation.
Of course, more research needs to be done to really solidify this, preferably research not funded by concert promoters.
But even with a biased study, it is still encouraging to see that these findings exist. The results do align well with past research and support the idea that music can help extend a person’s life.
Furthermore, it proves the benefits of music as a coping mechanism. For those of us in recovery, it can be an excellent tool for dealing with our daily stressors.
We all have things that help us get through the dark times, and most of us include music on that list. Who doesn’t want to engage in something that can help extend our lives?
How could we not want to improve ourselves in any way possible? Only 20 minutes of music is enough to boost your well-being significantly, based on this study.
That’s not much at all! It doesn’t even have to be your favorite band, nor do you have to drop a large amount of money on tickets. You can just attend a local coffee shop and listen to an acoustic set.
You can go to the local park and watch a small band play, or check out other events with live performances. Why not have fun while bettering yourself?
Music in All Its Forms
Music is beautiful in any form. Whether it is through headphones while you work out, an album on the car stereo as you drive to work, or going to see a band in-person, music is incredible.
Now we know that these live shows can have so many more benefits for us than we thought. Allowing ourselves to seek out these kinds of events in small doses is enough to help us dramatically.
During recovery, we have to find the tools we need to help ourselves cope. We can enjoy music with friends, alone, or anywhere in between.
Live music is something to lose ourselves in, and we can be so much better for it. In our lives, those kinds of opportunities are the most important.
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our program, founded in 2014, is built around finding what’s best for you to overcome your addiction. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us at (866) 399-6528 or [email protected]