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23 May 2011 | The Telegraph
Simply observing culture improves the physical health and mental
wellbeing of men more than attempting to be creative, it is
Women seem to benefit more from taking part in artistic
activities than just watching them, however.
Researchers suggest that doctors and policymakers should
therefore promote cultural activities as a simple way to lower
"The results indicate that the use of cultural activities in
health promotion and healthcare may be justified," say the authors,
whose study is published online in the Journal of Epidemiology
and Community Health.
In the paper, researchers from the Norwegian University of
Science and Technology analyse the results of a three-year
questionnaire of 50,797 adults, who were asked about what cultural
and creative activities they took part in as well as their health
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