While you may claim to have a pretty decent knowledge of your city’s culture, when was the last time you went to a play? While you may be blissfully unaware of what your city has to offer, take into account that according to a study, people who participated in cultural activities were seen as healthier and had lower anxiety and depression. Furthermore, men attending cultural activities had a greater satisfaction with life. To actually get out and participate in activities may mean you have to pull yourself away from the computer, and that can be a good thing.
Culture is defined as “the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.” So while there are many different cultures in the world, the ones you may participate in one city will most certainly be different in another city. For instance, Amsterdam is considered the “bicycling capital of Europe” and since 40% of the city’s traffic is done by bicycles, it has a very bike-heavy culture; whereas in America on average only 12 percent of all trips made are done by bicycle.
Many cities in America have various museums, theaters, concert halls, and festivals. The more you explore your city, the more exciting aspects you will discover about it. Another great part of embracing cultural activities is the social aspect of it; you begin to meet people with similar interests and form bonds which could certainly lower your stress levels. A healthy mind is one that constantly stays stimulated, so don’t shy away from trying something new. If you do, you might miss out on the possibility of finding a new favorite hobby, band, or food.