In our previous post, we talked about the wonderful nature sounds that heal. I have mentioned that one of the most healing nature sounds is the ones produced by animals, such as purr of a cat, the sound of a whale, and the chirping of the birds, to name a few.
What makes these sounds comforting and relaxing to humans?
And how do they help heal?
The chirping of the birds sound so natural—a part of nature that flies over our heads and on concrete buildings, a beautiful reminder of the beauty of nature and its wonders. The chirping of the birds is also nature’s alarm clock.
The reason some people find bird songs relaxing because it relaxes people physically, but at the same time, it helps stimulate humans at a cognitive level. Another reason is that it represents a human’s innate connection with nature, which brings forth an instinctive familiarity that plays a subconscious role in stress recovery.
It is also stochastic, which means it is made up of a lot of random sounds, and there is no repeating pattern or rhythm. With that, it doesn’t get stuck in your head and annoy you, and it also doesn’t put you to sleep or bore you.
Studies over the years have also shown that when birds sing, that means they are safe.
With this, technology has incorporated bird songs, such as the free smartphone called Study, where it claims to be a productive-boosting soundscape to listen to while you work. The soundscape is said to help you focus, reduce tiredness, and improve cognition.
Moreover, the birdsongs in technology today are designed to mask background noise that can disturb focus.
Keep in mind, though—not all birds’ sounds are soothing.
A cat’s purr produces a frequency between 20Hz and 150 Hz. These frequencies are associated with healing frequencies in therapeutic medicine. Why?
20Hz-150Hz helps promote bone growth. To cats, this is why you see them purring in contentment while sleeping. The truth is, it’s a form of self-repair, and the purr has developed as a low-energy way to keep bones and tissues in good condition while they doze off.
To humans, the frequency of a cat’s purr is said to be the ideal vibration level for heart health and blood pressure. Humans have long responded to the psychological effects of purring. We respond to it as a calming stimulus.
Aside from their purr, there have been recent studies that showed petting a cat is a great way to relieve stress. Owning a cat can help reduce the risk of stroke or heart disease.
The long and slow moan of a whale emits a range of pitches and is repeated in patterns. Therefore, it makes it ideal for relaxation,
Whales produce soothing sounds that trigger the human’s brain to react that puts the body and mind ease. This is because the sounds whales make are very tranquil, pure, and organic.
Additionally, hearing the song of the whales submerge the subconscious mind in the nature of the underwater, which is still and calm.
How beautiful these animal sounds are!
What is your favorite animal sound?