SOUNDS OF NA­TURE CAN CALM AND HEAL

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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