World Listening Day: July 18th

Every July 18th is World Listening Day, but if you’re not familiar with this particular date, you’re not alone. Many people don’t understand the importance of this day, or how celebrating it can benefit them.

The concept behind this day is acoustic ecology. The World Listening Project, a nonprofit organization, practices field recording and listening to understand the natural environment, societies, and cultures of the world. Acoustic ecology studies the relationship between the natural world and humans as expressed through sound.

This year’s theme is called The Collective Field, and the focus is the sound of the ground.

You might be wondering the benefit of taking some time from your life to celebrate World Listening Day, but you should know that there are many benefits to embracing the quiet and getting outside to listen to the world for a while. Some of the benefits include:

  • Relaxation. Studies have shown that taking the time to get out into nature can be relaxing for almost everyone. So, taking the time to get outdoors and listen to the sounds of the world can help ease stress and anxiety.
  • Boosts to mental health. Many types of mental health therapies, including addiction treatment, include time outdoors. Therapists often encourage taking walks in nature, and many addiction rehabs offer hiking, walks, and outdoor adventures as part of their therapeutic programs.
  • Improvements to overall health and well-being. During these stressful, scary times, experts agree that spending time outdoors can be one of the safest ways to spend free time. Open spaces, fresh air, and sunshine can all boost your immune system. Taking time away from the news and social media can also be beneficial to your well-being.

So, no matter whether you’re an old pro at spending quiet time outdoors, or you’re new to the whole idea, there is no better time than right now to get outside, quiet all the noise, and just listen. Your ears and spirit will thank you.

Sources

worldlisteningproject.org – World Listening Day 2020: The Collective Field

asla.org – Professional Practice: Health Benefits of Nature

sunshinebehavioralhealth.com – How Long Is Rehab?

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