The study was performed in Norway. More than 50,000 people were tested for this study – same number of males and females. Results show that people who frequent galleries and museums or go to theaters or concerts are more prone to have a healthier balanced life than those who do not. Study’s main aspects show anxiety and depression tendencies are inversely proportional to cultural activities a person performs.
The investigation was published by the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. It confirms this theory through correlations between aspects of “good health”, “life satisfaction”, and frequency and tastes for cultural activities. The investigation tried to focus on different impacts on men and women, thus, investigators from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim – direct authors of the study – base their work on data from the North-Trøndelag Health Study, which was performed between 2006 and 2008 and 50,797 people between 20 and 80 were tested. Conclusions are not exact due to the lack of information about the theme in recent studies.
Gathered material was made up of surveys that determine the frequency the survey respondents went to cultural activities and the way this was linked to their habits and lifestyle. From this, physical activity derivations and mental health condition were gathered – besides their health condition record, life satisfaction, and anxiety and depression levels.
For theoretical matters, two kind of cultural activities were stablished: creative and receptive ones. Creative cultural activities are those when individuals do something to create a “cultural” result – piano or painting courses for example. Receptive cultural activities are those when individuals receive expressions or impressions without having to “create” – being in a concert, an art exhibition, theater, or museums for instance.
Results show that people who frequent cultural activities have a healthier life, affecting aspects that trigger anxiety and depression. Besides, they showed behaviors that expressed happiness, enthusiasm, and creativity.