In this era of general discontent, caused by political discord and economic insecurity, there are some people who are genuinely satisfied with their lives. If you come around those people, try to ask them their little secret, but there’s a chance that they may not have time to talk. Well, it is maybe because they’ re on their way to concert or a dance studio. Even the rehearsal for their choral group can be a reason.
Some new Australian studies say that people who regularly go to musical events like concerts or dance studios, have shown higher levels of well-being. For example, singer were very positive about their lives when they were in any sort of ensemble. Deakin University scholars, Melissa Weinberg and Dawn Joseph say: “the important role of engaging with music in the company of others.” They noted that there are elevated levels of life satisfaction among people in Australia who took part in musical experiences, from ballroom dancing to hanging out at clubs to hear bands.
The study that was published in the journal “Psychology of Music”, interviewed 1000 Australians by telephone, asking them to rate, on a zero-to-ten scale, “How satisfied are you with your life right now?” They separated that general question into seven smaller categories, such as how happy they felt about their health, relationships, security, and achievements in life.
They also had to answer a series of yes/no questions about their habitual modes of engagement with music. The question was also whether they listened to music, sang, danced, played an instrument, composed music or attended musical concerts. Those who confirmed their involvement in music were also asked if they were usually engaged in music alone or in company of others. The research report says: “Total wellbeing scores were significantly higher for people who reported that they danced or attended musical events.”
Compared to people who were not involved in these musical activities, members of both groups gave themselves higher ratings on several important scales, including life achievements, community and relationships. Concerts fans showed higher levels of satisfaction with their life standard, which can simply reflect the fact that tickets to these events have always been costly. It means that wealthier people are more likely to go to hear a band.
When it comes to choral singers, the researchers found “people who sang with others had higher scores on almost all domains.” They’ve been ranked statistically higher that those who don’t sing for two reasons: Their standard of living, and their sense of “community connectedness.” Weinberg and Joseph say: “There were no significant differences in wellbeing for people who sang alone compared to those who do not sing, suggesting that any benefits to wellbeing associated with singing are restricted to those who sing in the company of others.”
They also wrote: “Those who reported that they danced with others had significantly higher scores than those who did not dance on the domains of satisfaction with health, achieving in life, and relationships.” But the result was different for those who danced alone.