SOUNDS OF NATURE CAN CALM AND HEAL
Day spas and wellness centres know what they’re doing when they pump the sounds of nature through their stereo systems – they’re making us feel happier.
We know looking at a natural scene has a positive effect on wellbeing, but now scientists at Pennsylvania State University in the US have found that natural sounds, whether they’re live or recorded, are also beneficial.
Study participants who listened to a recording of natural sounds had greater mood recovery after a disturbing event than those who listened to the audio with added human sounds such as voices and cars.
“Natural soundscapes can provide restorative benefits independent of those produced by visual stimuli,” the authors say.