This Is The Most Relaxing Song In The World, According To Science
Let's face it, life can get pretty hectic. Which is why allowing ourselves those quiet moments to relax and unwind are vital to living a happy life - and now you can relax whenever you want thanks to science! According to the British Academy of Sound Therapy, the most relaxing song in the world is "Weightless" by Marconi Union which is normally eight minutes long, however it comes in one hour or ten hour loops on YouTube.
So what makes this song so relaxing? According to an article from Apartment Therapy, Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy, said "While listening, your heart rate gradually comes to match that beat. It is important that the song is eight minutes long because it takes about five minutes for this process, known as entrainment, to occur."
"The fall in heart rate also leads to a fall in blood pressure. The harmonic intervals - or gaps between notes - have been chosen to create a feeling of euphoria and comfort. And there is no repeating melody, which allows your brain to completely switch off because you are no longer trying to predict what is coming next. Instead, there are random chimes, which helps to induce a deeper sense of relaxation."
"The final element is the low, whooshing sounds and hums that are like buddhist chants. High tones stimulate but these low tones put you in a trance-like state."
Just for reference, the top most relaxing songs according to Sound Therapy are:
1. Marconi Union - Weightless
2. Airstream - Electra
3. DJ Shah - Mellomaniac (Chill Out Mix)
4. Enya - Watermark
5. Coldplay - Strawberry Swing
6. Barcelona - Please Don't Go
7. All Saints - Pure Shores
8. Adele - Someone Like You
9. Mozart - Canzonetta Sull'aria
10. Cafe Del Mar - We Can Fly
H/T Real Clear