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Cultural activities, artforms and wellbeing

Date:13 January 2015

The impact of arts and culture on wellbeing is an area of increasing importance to us, the arts and culture sector and beyond. This is why we commissioned this research study by economists Daniel Fujiwara and George MacKerron, analysing data from Mappiness – an iPhone app that allows users to measure their own wellbeing via their phones.

What the report has found is that from the app’s sample of people, arts and culture activities score very highly in terms of both positive effects on happiness and relaxation, above leisure activities like watching TV or drinking alcohol. With people scoring their happiest whilst taking part in theatre, dance and concerts whilst museums and libraries rate most highly for relaxation.

Read our Director of Policy and Research's blog post about this publication.

Find out more about Mappiness.

Author:Daniel Fujiwara and George MacKerron