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6 Sounds Humans Love Most

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6 Sounds Humans Love Most

By Annie Tucker Morgan, DivineCaroline

In 2007, I had the good fortune to live on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, for a year. While I was there, fewer than sixty-five thousand permanent residents occupied this 622-square-mile Eden, which meant that there were almost as many roosters as there were humans living there. Far away from the clanging trains, rattling jackhammers, buzzing bumper-to-bumper traffic, and other city background noises that had been my daily soundtrack when I lived in California, I sensed my hearing acclimating to an entirely new set of tones: the music of nature. Each morning, exotic birds burst into song outside my window. Many an evening, deafening tropical rain hammered the roof of my house. And in the middle of the night when the swells were up, I could hear the steady hum of waves crashing in the distance. It was amazing.

Back in the real world, we’re exposed to a cacophony of different noises–some relaxing, some jarring, others so constant or droning as to go largely unrecognized. And though everyone’s aural preferences are individualistic, certain tones have more power than others to lift our mood, wake us up, and even improve our concentration. What are the sweetest sounds we hear?

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11:23AM PST on Jan 12, 2014

Thanks for Sharing. Coffee Brewing, Old Clocks, Favorite Music, Pages of a Book being Turned, Cats Purring, (Thanks Freya), Dogs Breathing, Babies Cooing...

6:09AM PDT on Aug 14, 2012

Actually the sound of a train going over railroad tracks is soothing to me!

9:24AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

7:53PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

I agree with the first 3.

5:38PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

What? No mention of a cat's purr? That is such a sweet and soothing sound.

2:02AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thanks for posting

7:22PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Thank-you for posting this interesting article. I was given a sound device that has several different sounds in it & you select the one you want to listen to when you need a soothing noise to block other not so soothing noises. I have also found that, depending on my mood, there are certain musical compositions I prefer to listen to.

8:12AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

The sound of your child saying I love you mummy for the first time!

5:27PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:43PM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

And may I add another quite soothing sound: the steady, calm heartbeat of your significant other, when you lay your head on their chest.

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