Watch 50 Hours of Nature Soundscapes from the BBC: Scientifically Proven to Ease Stress and Promote Happiness & Awe

A recent study from BBC Earth and UC-Berke­ley has shown that watch­ing nature doc­u­men­taries can inspire “sig­nif­i­cant increas­es in feel­ings of awe, con­tent­ed­ness, joy, amuse­ment and curios­i­ty” and con­verse­ly “reduce feel­ings of tired­ness, anger and stress.” In short, they can engen­der what the authors of the study call ‘real hap­pi­ness’ – a kind of hap­pi­ness that leads to actu­al improve­ment in indi­vid­u­als’ health and well­be­ing,

With that in mind, the BBC has just released 50 hours of HD “visu­al sound­scapes” on YouTube, using left­over footage from their Plan­et Earth II TV seriesTen hours of moun­tains; ten hours of jun­gle; ten hours of islands; ten hours of desert; and ten hours of grass­lands–they’re all fea­tured in the long, sooth­ing sound­scape playlist fea­tured above. Use them well.

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