50 hours of nature sounds to bring you joy and awe

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BBC Earth has launched five 10-hour "visual soundscape" videos after research finds that nature footage boosts bliss. There has been so much research linking nature and happiness; it’s becoming more and more evident that a dearth of trees and fresh air does not do a mind and body good. But could even just watching nature on a screen have similar positive outcomes? According to a new study from BBC Earth and the University of California, Berkeley the answer is yes. Now of course, BBC Earth is in the business of bringing the natural world to the screen, but nonetheless, the research revealed that watching nature documentaries not only "inspired significant increases in feelings of awe, contentedness, joy, amusement and curiosity, but that it also acted to reduce feelings of tiredness, anger and stress." While it may be hard to imagine that seeing mountains on television could have the same effect as seeing mountains right in front of you, maybe there’s something to it. Regardless, it’s the impetus behind BBC Earth’s Real Happiness Project , a mission to "bring real happiness to as many people as possible by improving their connection to the natural world." One of the initiatives in […]

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