The Benefits of Festivals

A study by Yale University found festivals and mass gatherings like Burning Man and Coachella have positive, transformative, and lasting effects on participants. Over a five year period, Yale’s psychological research team examined people’s experiences at multi-day festivals that feature art and music. The study found that 63% of participants leave festivals feeling “radically changed” by the experience and most feel more socially connected with other humans. In the six months following a festival, participants had increased generosity and moral expansion. Thanks to this study, we now know that festivals aren’t just fun— they’re also good for mental health.

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