Happiness and Music

A recent study conducted by Weinberg and Joseph in Psychology of Music explored the correlation between subjective well-being and music engagement (listening to music, playing an instrument, singing, dancing, creating/composing music, or attending musical concerts or theater) in a sample of 1,000 people in Australia. Those who danced had statistically significant higher scores on satisfaction with health, community, relationships, and life achievement than those who do did not dance. Similarly, individuals who attended musical events had statistically significantly higher scores on standards of living, community, relationships, and life achievements. If you’re skeptical of the results, purchase some concert tickets or head to the next dance class at your gym to put this study to the test.