Cultured men are happier and healthier

May 23, 2011, British Medical Journal

Men who visit art galleries, museums, and the theatre regularly tend to enjoy better health and are more satisfied with life, reveals a study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The study found that both men and women who play , paint or visit the theatre or museums felt in better health, enjoyed life more, and were less likely to be anxious or depressed then people who do not participate in cultural activities.

However, the effect was most pronounced in men who were interested in watching and looking at culture rather than doing creative or active cultural activities themselves.

The Norwegian researchers used questionnaires to determine how frequently 50,797 living in Nord-Trøndelag County participated in cultural activities and to assess their perceived state of health, satisfaction with life, and anxiety and depression levels.

All types of cultural activities were significantly associated with good health and satisfaction with life, and people who engaged in cultural activities had lower levels of anxiety and depression.

Moreover, the more culture was experienced, the greater were the benefits to health and wellbeing. The greatest benefits were seen in men who did "receptive" cultural activities, such as visiting theatres and museums.

"The results indicate that the use of cultural activities in promotion and healthcare may be justified," comment the authors.

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kevinrtrs
not rated yet May 24, 2011
Mmmmhhhh, complicated it gets,for sure. What about the cultural activities of going to watch a football match, cricket, tennis and other sports being played? Or what about those actually taking part in such sport activities?

Is it that those going to museums, theatre and galleries discuss more what they've experienced with their women folk and thereby experience a greater sense of acceptance?
that_guy
5 / 5 (1) May 24, 2011
I would rather not agree with kevin, but, yeah. i'm not convinced of the causal relationship here. Could it be that on average, people who have both the time and money to be 'cultured', are already happy because they can pursue what interests them more, and aren't worried for money or stressed for time?

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