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Take your date to a gig and you'll live longer!

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.

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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.

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