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The arts-longevity link

Expert insight:

Engaging in the arts is associated with a robust social life, high sense of purpose, and low risks of depression and cognitive decline, says study author Daisy Fancourt, Ph.D., associate professor of psychobiology and epidemiology at University College London in England. All four elements are linked with a longer life.

On top of that, going to plays, museums, concerts, and galleries may have stress-buffering effects, she adds.

The bottom line:

Don't wait until you’re 50 to pick up cultural activities. The more you engage, the bigger the benefits are, Fancourt says.