Playing or listening to music in the company of others improves our quality of life
According to an Australian study, habitual music engagement makes people happier, also improving their health and social wellbeing.
Psychologists at Deakin University found that those who attend communal music events have higher levels of satisfaction with their overall life. The study involved 1,000 Australians of an average age of 56.
If you play in an orchestra, in a quartet or with friends, if you sing in a choir or you often go to concerts, your subjective wellbeing is higher than other people's. According to researchers, the most improved aspects are your health, safety, relationships and overall quality of life.
The study reveals that attending musical events with other people has an impact on people. Apparently, this social experience promotes improvement in certain elements of our life. For example, singing alone produces less satisfaction than singing in a choir, let’s say.
The psychologists who have looked into this matter don't know (yet) to what extent the quality of our life is related to music or social interaction. But regardless of the findings, if playing or listening to music with friends has a positive impact, so much the better.
Besides, other previous studies have also shown that listening to music, even alone, can slow the course of diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, or epilepsy. Also, music brings real and tangible benefits to adolescents and infants, both individually and in groups.