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Just 20 minutes of gig-time increases wellbeing by 21% and helps you live longer

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According to a new study carried out by O2 and Patrick Fagan, expert in behavioural science and Associate Lecturer at Goldsmith’s University, going to a gig fortnightly can drastically increase your wellbeing and could increase life expectancy by nine years. 

The findings come off the back of bespoke psychometric and heart-rate tests, testing activities such as gig-going, yoga and dog walking. The gigging experience increased participants feelings of wellbeing by 21%, compared to just 10% for yoga and only 7% for dog-walking. Feelings of self-worth, closeness to others and mental stimulation likewise increased substantially for gig-goers. 

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Those looking for a quick-fix however might be disappointed to hear that they won't be able to pop their earphones in and click play to immediately increase wellbeing. With 67% of Brits admitting that the positive mental effects of live music far outweigh the effects of listening to music in private - it's an experience that should be shared.

The power of live music, we are reminded, should never be underestimated - what are you waiting for? To find out which gigs THSH have coming up, visit our What's On page or give our Box Office team a call on 0121 780 3333.