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MUSIC, BEAUTY, PURPOSE AND OTHER INDIRECT PATHS TO HAPPINESS

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// Ask people what they want and many will simply answer: Happiness. Yet, for many this goal remains allusive. At Sound-Aesthetics we'll never claim to have all the answers to happiness, but some lessons have crossed our way. As with so many things in life, the answer seems to be much simpler than we tend to think, or only to be found in a different place entirely... Firstly, a precursor to happiness is surely the absence of — or otherwise the ability to deal with — things that make us unhappy. Certainly, it would be wise to avoid major sources...

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DO YOU LIKE THE SOUND OF THIS PLACE?

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Everyone has a favourite sound. Walking over freshly fallen snow, birdsong, leaves rustling in the wind, a thunderstorm in the distance... Naturally our preferences differ, but did you know that the sound of your home — and other spaces — has the power to directly affect your mood, often negatively? Studies have proven that noisy settings annoy people (perhaps little surprise there), but this annoyance has even been linked to depression and anxiety. Sometimes the building itself makes noise — think of creaky floorboards, rattling plumbing and extractor fans. But each building also has a sound signature — its acoustics...

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