Nature sounds can have a therapeutic effect on living creatures, says a new study

By: | March 24th, 2021

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Have you ever observed that by just taking in the sights and sounds of nature, you felt fresh and your stressed mind is rejuvenated? You’re not the only one to felt that.

In fact, according to the new research, listening to the sounds of nature hugely benefits humans’ health. So, the sound of rustling leaves, chirping crickets, water babbling down a stream can significantly improve our health.

The study is conducted by researchers at Carleton University, Michigan State University, and Colorado State University.

Researchers led by Rachel Buxton of Carleton University gathered sound recordings from 251 sites at 66 US national parks. Researchers discovered that the listeners experienced decreased pain, improved health, better mood, lower stress, and enhanced cognitive performance.

Moreover, they found different sounds had different effects. Like water, sounds were found to be best for improving positive emotions and health outcomes. However, bird sounds were found to help in overcoming stress and annoyance.

“In so many ways the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the importance of nature for human health,” says Buxton. “As traffic has declined during quarantine, many people have connected with soundscapes in a whole new way – noticing the relaxing sounds of birds singing just outside their window. How remarkable that these sounds are also good for our health.”

CSU researchers advised, whenever you got an opportunity to spend time with nature, be mindful of the sounds that surround you. Being with nature will not only relax you, but it’s also good for your health.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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