Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Healthy, cultured Norwegians

A research team affiliated with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology finds that “participation in receptive and creative cultural activities was significantly associated with good health, good satisfaction with life, low anxiety and depression” . . .


Curiously, the study found that among men, “attending receptive, rather than creative, cultural activities was more strongly associated with all health-related outcomes” – e.g., that attending a piano recital proved more beneficial than playing the piano.

So, “don’t just do something, sit there” may be sound advice, at least for Norwegian guys.