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All you have to do is watch a video and make sure there are sound effects.
It turns out Dr Christopher Dana Lynn, an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alabama, has a theory that fire is relaxing to human beings. He conducted a three-year study which found a link between watching burning fires and a reduction in blood pressure. When the fires are vigorous, crackling and making roaring sounds, we tend to feel calmer - more relaxed. They can also help us feel closer to the people watching the fire with us.
If you want to read about Dr Lynn's findings, here is a link to his journal article: “Hearth and Campfire Influences on Arterial Blood Pressure: Defraying the Costs of the Social Brain through Fireside Relaxation”
Reference: Dana Lynn, C. (2014). Hearth and Campfire Influences on Arterial Blood Pressure: Defraying the Costs of the Social Brain through Fireside Relaxation. Evolutionary Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/147470491401200509
Here's our favorite video of a wonderful, live fire. You know it is not CGI when you see a hand and arm come into the frame to add more logs and adjust them. It pops, it crackles and it roars. Since research shows that the more natural the fire and the longer you watch, the more significant decreases in blood pressure, we're posting the three hour version. - ENJOY
Photo credit: Roaring Fire by terren in Virginia. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
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