A new study reveals that people who take part in cultural activities, such as going to the museum or watching a play, are generally happier than those who do not.
Said study author Koenraad Cuypers:
"There has been a focus on physical activity as an instrument to promote good health in the last decades, but who is sure that all people are equally capable of doing five days a week of intensive training? I doubt it! Studies suggest that 50 percent of leisure time is spent in other activities than physical activity, so we aimed at investigating whether participation in cultural activities would also be associated with good health/good satisfaction with life/low anxiety and depression.”
And this doesn’t just mean you need to go to museums all day. The act of creating art was also found to be beneficial to your mental health.
The study also found that participating in physical activities has a positive effect on the mental health of women (and men, of course, also benefit from physical activity).
So in case you were putting off writing that novel or going to watch a local play, don’t. Start now and you’ll be happier for it!
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