A Cultured Man Is a Healthier, Happier Man a Norwegian Study Finds

by Accidental Bear

The Norwegian study finds heading to a museum, art gallery or the ballet may enhance men’s well-being even more than women’s. Isn’t this just because if you are at one of these events then you are not at work?

(HealthDay News) — Are you the type of man who enjoys going to concerts, art galleries and the theater? If so, here’s some good news: A new Norwegian study suggests that you are more likely to enjoy life and be in better health than those who don’t.

Both men and women who engaged in sports, religious and cultural events reported better health and satisfaction with life than those who were less engaged.

But men, especially, saw benefits. Men who attended cultural activities were 9 percent more likely to report being in good health than men who didn’t attend, while women who attended cultural activities were 3 percent more likely to report good health.

Men who attended cultural activities were also 14 percent more likely to say they were satisfied with life, 13 percent less likely to have anxiety and 12 percent less likely to be depressed. Women also saw benefits, though they were less pronounced.

Those who took part in the activities either as a viewer or a participant “were … more likely to report better and health and satisfaction with life — and lower anxiety and depression — than those who didn’t participate,” said study lead author Koenraad Cuypers, a research fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

The study results held up even when researchers adjusted for factors that could influence the results, such as age, chronic disease, exercise, smoking, alcohol use, social and economic status and body mass index. READ MORE

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