How The Sounds Of Nature Help Us Feel Relaxed

Sounds encountered outdoors, such as birds chirping, wind rustling in the treetops, or waves gently lapping at a beach, can physically change our mind and bodily systems, helping us to relax. New research from Brighton and Sussex Medical School lays out an explanation for just how this relaxation response works.

The scientists found that playing “natural sounds” affected the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain. While naturalistic sounds and “green” environments have frequently been linked with promoting relaxation and well being, until now there has been no scientific consensus as to how these effects come about.

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About Giorgio Bertini

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