Attending Raves Makes You Happier, Science Says

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We all feel happy at a festival or a rave, right? And even a long while after. Looks like the science has a say in that.

A study conducted in Australia with a sample size of 1,000 people has concluded that people who regularly attend raves and festivals are happier with their lives overall than those who do not.

The study “explores the connection between habitual music engagement and subjective wellbeing (SWB),” where ‘habitual music engagement’ might be attending music festivals, going to the club and rave and sharing and absorbing the vibe from the crowd. The findings revealed that engaging with music by dancing or attending musical events was associated with higher SWB than for those who did not engage with music in these forms. The findings also emphasised the important role of engaging with music in the company of others with regard to SWB, highlighting an interpersonal feature of music.

What is key according to this study is the communal element to these musical experiences. Sitting at home listening to music isn’t the same as being fully immersed at a show where music is being played and you’re enjoying it amidst other ravers and party-goers. So, start making plans! Where are you raving this weekend?


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