Attending a performance of The Nutcracker may provide more than entertainment – it could improve your health, say researchers in Norway.
When they crunched data from more than 50,000 people on activities like museum visits, singing, volunteering, painting, and attending concerts or sporting events, they found that engaging in the arts and culture – watching as well as doing – was linked with higher self-scores of physical and emotional health.
And it wasn’t just that people who had the case for eveings out could also afford better health care or that folks who enjoyed good health were more likely to go out. The connection held even when researchers controlled for wealth and a range of health factors. Don’t worry if your tastes run more to Lady Gaga than Lady of the Camellias. “The activities don’t have to be highbrow, just emotionally engaging or creative,” says lead author Keonraad Frans Cuypers.
November 20 – 22
The Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society performs the Nutcracker at UDPAC
For tickets and more information: http://www.udpac.org/show/nutcracker
*Published in Good Housekeeping Magazine, November 2011