In times of uncertainty marked with another virus outbreak, added to stressing work environments, a home remains the place of safety, comfort, peace and wellness. So why not spend more time at home and invest in making it more pleasing, fitting your personality and lifestyle so to call it home sweet home…
There is nothing more relaxing, soothing and soul lifting than sitting at home by a warm roaring fire with loved ones, allowing for social interaction to occur, or on your own with a glass of wine or hot choc for complete relaxation. And now scientists have discovered tangible health benefits to contemplating at a fireplace. Sitting by a fire result in lowered blood pressure, so the fire really may be a way to relax and feel more mentally and physically refreshed.
Our enjoyment of flickering light, crackling sounds, warmth, and a distinctive smell may be rooted in evolution. The reason for the relaxing effect harks back to prehistoric times when Stone Age men socialized around campfires and felt safe and warm while bonding with friends. They relied on fire for light, protection, heat, cooking, hunting, and also social cohesion as the campfire brought relaxation and enhanced prosocial behavior.
So, as well as providing a great source of warmth and social enjoyment, a fire also offers proven health benefits. Stay healthy and enjoy your fireplace!
Here is a direct link to the publication release by the Department of Anthropology of the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA.