HEALTH - To more cultural life, more health

To go to the cinema, a museum or the theater is much more that a mere distraction. The cultural life is beneficial for the health. According to a study published in the magazine “Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health”, to practice activities of this nature allows to enjoy more of life and to undergo less anxiety and depression. For this study, the investigators interviewed 50,797 people who participated in cultural activities and evaluated their degree of satisfaction with the life, its state of health and its levels of depression or anxiety.

Greater quality of life

Any activity demonstrated as an associate important factor to the good health and the QUALITY OF LIFE. Who enjoyed greater number of activities they had a greater quality of life and less depression and anxiety. That is to say, to more cultural life, more health. Numerous investigations have shown in the last years that to have and to take to end these restlessness are very important for the quality of life.

Between the most excellent factors to enjoy good health they emphasize, in addition to the capacity to realise playful-didactic activities, a good feeding, a satisfactory work and the regular practice of physical exercise. For this reason, numerous institutions and centers of health give to importance to the cultural factor for the rehabilitation of the patients and the prevention of the health.

The mentioned study indicates that to visit theaters or museums he is more beneficial for the health of the men that to realise creative activities, that is to say, for the men, to be a passive receiver is better for its health than to be a “creator” of culture. However, the women who developed a more creative part, as painting or playing, had major quality of life.

For the promotion of the health

Of all ways, the authors, of the University of Science and Technology of Norway, indicate that it is necessary to realise more investigations to understand why the people who enjoy of life cultural enjoy a better state of health. Also they explain that the people with greater purchasing power accustom to being the one who have a greater access to her and, in addition, have more average ones TO TAKE CARE OF their health, as following a CORRECT DIET, realising less hard and stressful exercise or works. However, according to the investigators, “the results indicate that the use of cultural activities in the promotion and the health care could be just”.


If the culture is necessary for the health, it is logical that it is protected. In the same way that is a Universal Declaration of Human rights (considered of first category), the International of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is counted on the Pact (considered of second category). Signed in 1966 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, this pact is the first international instrument that recognizes these rights, although along with the economic and social rights. Some of the articles that make reference to their importance are:

Article 3:
The States Parts in the present Pact are committed to assure to the men and the women equal title to enjoy all the economic, social rights and cultural statements in the present Pact.

Article 15:
1. The States Parts in the present Pact recognize the right of all person a:
a) To participate in the cultural life;
b) To enjoy the benefits of the scientific progress and its applications;
c) To benefit from the protection of the Morales interests and materials that correspond to him because of the scientific productions, literary or artistic of which she is author.

2. Between the measures that the States Parts in the present Pact will have to adopt to assure the total exercise this right, they will appear the necessary ones for the conservation, the development and the diffusion of science and the culture.
3. The States Parts in the present Pact are committed to respect the indispensable freedom for the scientific research and the creative activity.
4. The States Parts in the present Pact recognize the benefits that derive from the promotion and development of the cooperation and the international relations in scientific and cultural questions.