This seems obvious, but according to a new study, going to see live music relieves stress. After attending a live performance a person's cortisol levels are reduced.


117 volunteers had saliva samples taken before and during a live performance to test the cortisol and cortisone levels. The samples taken during the performance showed reductions across the board.

Cortisol is produced by the body under physical or psychological stress. It can have a positive effect in small doses, improving alertness and well-being. However, chronically elevated cortisol levels can worsen medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and impotency.


"This is the first preliminary evidence that attending a cultural event can have an impact on endocrine activity," said research lead Daisy Fancourt. "These results are in line with 22 previous studies showing that listening to music in the controlled setting of either a laboratory or a hospital can reduce cortisol levels."

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