Studies have shown that sitting by a crackling log fire causes our blood pressure to drop and leaves us feeling more at ease. The reason for the relaxing effect harks back to prehistoric times when Stone Age man socialized around campfires and felt safe and warm while bonding with friends.
The longer people watch a fire, either indoors or outside, the more relaxed they become.
The Fireplace Effect
Fire has been part of human evolutionary history since the earliest times. It was essential for survival, heat, and light, warding off predators and cooking.
Although this role has changed over time, a fireplace is often a focal point in our home, providing warmth, ambiance, and social environment. There is nothing more inviting than sitting around a fire in the house, an open pit when it’s cold outside, or a campfire. The sights and sounds we experience actually induce relaxation and positive health benefits.
Studies have shown that fire along with sound is the most influential in effecting the relaxation response.
The results of a study by researcher Christopher Lynn at the University of Alabama, published in Evolutionary Psychology (2014), confirm that “hearth and campfires induce relaxation as part of a multi-sensory, absorptive, and social experience.”
We not only love the decorative appeal of a fireplace, we can understand why we love to watch and listen to a fire that helps us to unwind, relax, and feel calm. After a hectic workday, there is nothing more inviting than to switch into home comfort mode with good food, your favourite TV series, and your fireplace.
The sight and sound of fire triggers different emotions to different people, but if you’re one of the fortunate ones, you’ll enjoy those sights and sounds in a positive way which contributes to relaxation and good health.
If you’re looking to add a little relaxation to your own home, contact the professionals at Hamilton Home Comfort.