A recent study revealed that specific music types have been shown to alleviate anxiety effectively.
In response to this research, Reddit users have shared their personal experiences on which sounds have helped them to calm down, reduce stress, and promote overall well-being.
There’s something so serene about waves crashing against rocks, distant seagulls, and the tide coming in.
A LOT of users agreed.
Rain Hitting A Roof
“I live on a sailboat, and it’s currently raining. There is no cozier feel than that.”
Another user said: “Rain on a tin roof. Especially when I’m falling asleep.”
“Birds chirping in the trees. It’s finally warm enough for me to open my windows out into the courtyard and I love hearing the birds.”
“Birds chirping in trees in the middle of the day, delightful.”
Walking on Crunchy Snow
Or just snow in general.
“How about the lack of traffic noise after or during a fluffy snowfall? The lack of noise is pleasing to me.”
A Dog’s Sigh
“I love it when my dog sighs. You have no job, no bills, no worries really but yeah buddy let it out.”
Another user weighed in: “My big dog used to breathe/snore into my ear when I slept sideways. Best sound ever to help you fall asleep.”
“Animals eating. It’s so weird because I find the sound of people eating totally grating and horrible, but will happily watch a video of a puppy munching apple slices on a loop.”
“If you haven’t seen it, check out pandas eating bamboo. I might be biased though, l like all panda videos.”
“I love hearing trains. Everything about them is so soothing: the long, slow horn that sounds as they pass an intersection.
The hundreds of wheels gliding on the tracks, the soft singing the gates make when they come down to block off traffic. It used to put me to sleep as a child.”
No sound is more infectious than a giggling infant!
“Babies laughing. The most satisfying sound on earth.”
Too much traffic is a big HELL NO, but the right amount is surprisingly soothing.
“A lightly busy road. As in a car passing every few minutes. Something about it is comforting.”
Whether it’s purring, meowing, or that weird chirping they do at the window at birds outside – we love it all.
“A cat going Mrrrrrrrrrrrrp when you appear unexpectedly and it’s happy to see you.”
“The sound when you’re lying in a field relaxing, and all you can hear is the wind through the trees.”
“A gentle breeze on a summer day with cicadas/locusts doing their thing, an occasional car passes on a nearby street, and there are just enough clouds to have an interesting sky.”
Gentle humming is oddly therapeutic and soul-soothing.
“Sometimes when my daughter is doing something like drawing or playing, she hums to herself. I often stop what I’m doing and just listen. I find it incredibly relaxing for some reason.”
The sound of snoring isn’t for everyone – especially when it’s right in your ear, but on a more distant level, it can be peaceful.
“As a night-person who lives with a morning-person, it’s an immediate confirmation that everyone is happily following their preferred schedule without disturbing each other.”
“I always love the crunching sound of car tires driving slowly on gravel, like a gravel driveway.
I’m not sure, but I think it reminds me of visiting my grandparents at their farm when I was a little kid.”
“The silence after the annoying child at the restaurant hits their head on the table.”
Yes, it’s mean… but we can all agree – the level of relief is divine!
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