We all like a chilled afternoon on the sofa listening to our favourite tunes, and the benefits of that are well documented.
But what about when you head out to a live venue for a couple of hours in a cramped, sweaty noise box. Surely that can’t be good for you, right?
Wrong. There are plenty of positives that come from regularly seeing live music, even if all you do is drink beer and sway a bit at the back.
Check out our list and find out why music gigs are the key to happiness.
1. Community vibes
Research shows that singing with a group of people actually increases your happiness levels. Don’t believe us, believe science then!
It helps to banish your self confidence issues as there’ll no doubt be people around you bellowing their lungs out with even worse voices than you!
2. Watch the stress evaporate
Science backs us up on this one too. Significant research proves that listening to music (live or not) helps us to relax and soothes our brains.
Obviously, rushing off to your favourite hard rock band’s gig isn’t going to relax you as much as a trip to the Royal Albert Hall for a night of classical redemption though, so pick accordingly.
3. Memory game
Nothing gets your memory going like trying to remember the lyrics to your favourite band’s entire back catalogue. And where else is the incentive greater to get the old brain box going than at a gig full of passionate fans?
Want to improve your memory, then definitely head down to a live music venue near you.
4. Meeting spot
Expand your social horizons by getting out to a place full of like minded people excited about an evening of fun. What more could you want?
Unlimited conversation topics, a shared passion and a large supply of refreshments. It sounds like a recipe for social success if ever there was one. Making new friends on a regular basis is bound to improve happiness, that’s for sure.
5. Mental health help
Even psychologists have been singing the praises of live music.
A proven tonic for depression and negative thinking, why do you think so many of society’s best loved musicians have suffered from mental illness. Sure lots haven’t made it through even with the aid of their passion , but plenty more have been coached through depression by indulging in their first musical love. You know it makes sense.