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Well, it’s official. The citizens of those countries who performed at Eurovision actually had a noticeable increase in their wellbeing. Cheers, Jess.

 

 

With the vibrancy of the Eurovision song contest dulling for another year (replete with allegations of cultural appropriation, which are stupid, as Eurovision is a culture free zone) and that spangling tacky euphoria shudders itself out of our systems, we’re left wondering how it does those things to us. This is especially the citizens of the countries that participated in the annual celebration of music/tack that also doubles as a continuation of the Soviet bloc.

 

 

However, a pioneering collection of dweebs have established a connection between how well your country does, and how well you feel.

The Imperial College London found that people were 4% more likely to be satisfied with their life for every increase of ten places on the final scoreboard. Example, if Australia finished 2nd rather than 12th. Hang on. So, courtesy of Jedward, suddenly your loveless marriage seems a bit rosier, and your failing business turns prosperous? I mean, we’re all endlessly facing our Waterloo, but if someone puts it to music, we’re suddenly ok?

The research also discovered that doing badly in the contest was associated with a greater increase in life satisfaction compared to not taking part at all. The team, led by the spectacularly monikered Dr Filippos Filippidis, believes these findings echo a larger point, where national participation on an international platform can boost the wellbeing of those who live in the participatory countries. The good doctor stated: “…previous work, by other teams around the world, has shown that national events may affect mood and even productivity — for instance research suggests an increase in productivity in the winning city of the US Super Bowl.” He also added that doing well in Eurovision or an equivalent it gives people something positive to discuss, an alternative to the usual negativity on the news.

“It increases the amount of good feeling around, even among people who are not particularly interested in the competition. I remember when Greece won in 2005 — in the weeks that followed people seemed to be in a better mood.”

Listen to the doctor, children. He saw great victories of value before enduring financial austerity, which in turn, dragged down the Euro, and lead to Brexit.

But, let’s not think about that.

Thank you for the music, Eurovision.

 

 

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