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Daemon
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Cultured People Healthier and Happier

A study of 50,797 adults living in Norway found that those who engaged in cultural activities were generally healthier, felt a greater sense of wellbeing, were less stressed, and were less depressed. This effect was seen in those who took part in cultural activities as viewers—for example, by attending concerts or visiting art galleries—as well as those who were active participants—such as those who played instruments, painted, or sang. Even when researchers controlled for other factors, such as social background and wealth, the association remained. More...
thar
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 2:00:35 AM

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isn't it just as much the other way round. Depressed people do not have the uumph to go out and see an art gallery, or feel too busy or poor to go to a concert!
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Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 2:20:25 AM

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Can we infer that if the sick people are engaged in these cultural activities, there are chances of their comparatively speedy recovery?


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sisikou
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 5:34:46 AM

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I doubt the truth of this article. Mostly, poets, writers, and painters are isolated and have a big tendency of depression. But seems that they enjoy this "healthy-unhealthy" cycle.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth
kzirkel
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 6:23:05 AM
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Certainly so, and this article once again shows the typical "research" results that are correlational, with no causal direction implied, although the general public may erroneously conclude that if we participate in more cultural activities, we thereby will become healthier. Not so. These results are likely due to a third "nuisance" variable; namely, socio economic status. In other words, those who have more money are more able to attend and participate in cultural events, and the fact that they are higher in the socio economic scale accounts for their improved health, not necessarily that they attend cultural events.
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sisikou
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 10:34:11 AM

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Make sense, but this article didn't mention any SES. Though I believe people with higher SES could live longer due to their knowledge of health.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth
jcbarros
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 2:08:18 PM

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Maybe frequent catharses... Think
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