Over 50 and looking to spice up your romantic life? Then throw a few live music gigs into your dating schedule, and you’ll also be giving your health a boost.
That’s the finding of a new study by scientists at University College London, who found that older Brits who engage more in ‘receptive arts’ – that’s theatre, music concerts, opera, museums, galleries and exhibitions – live longer than those who abstain.
In fact, those who enjoy a monthly foray into the world of live entertainment have a 31% lower risk of dying over the ensuing 14 years, than those who go without gigs and galleries altogether.
Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt said: ‘We found that arts engagement could have a protective association with longevity in older adults, which could partly be explained by differences in cognitions, mental health, and physical activity.’
So next time you’re heading out on a first, second, or fiftieth date, why not forego the coffee, throw on your dancing shoes and enjoy the show.