Researchers have found that people who go to live concerts, shows and museums can live longer than those who do not. Experts University College London looked the lifestyles of 6,700 British people 15 years. They examined how often the people went and what kinds events they attended. They found that -50s who regularly went to concerts and shows were around 30 per cent less likely to die the next 14 years. The researchers said the over-50s could extend their life engaging with the "receptive arts". These include art galleries, concerts, museums, musicals, the opera and the theatre. addition to living longer, concertgoers could also have more fun.
Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt said money played a big role whether or not people went to concerts and engaged the arts. She wrote: "Over 40 per cent people the least wealthy group reported that they never accessed cultural activities." The UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock believes there could be a lot truth in the research. He said arts and culture could improve things mental health, ageing and loneliness. He recently announced plans the UK's National Health Service to use the arts to improve people's wellbeing and health. The researchers said: "Overall, our results highlight the importance continuing to explore new social factors that affect our health.