Health Benefits of Fountains

The sight of fountains is therapeutic.


 "Ulrich has found that simply viewing representations of nature can help.  In a study at a Swedish hospital, for instance, he found that heart  surgery patients in intensive care units could reduce their anxiety and  need for pain medication by looking at pictures depicting trees and  water."

The sound of moving water effects people on a chemical level.


 In one study, cancer patients were shown a video that included the sounds of waterfalls, creeks, and ocean waves. These patients, who were in chronic pain, experienced a 20-30% reduction in the stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine. In another important study, young adults in a dental office were exposed to water fountain sounds and experienced significant reductions in anxiety levels. 

Moving water can help you sleep.


 "These slow, whooshing noises are the sounds of non-threats, which is  why they work to calm people," said Orfeu Buxton, an associate professor  of biobehavioral health at Pennsylvania State University. "It's like  they're saying: 'Don't worry, don't worry, don't worry.'"

Fountains calm people and promote social cohesion


The Blue Mind Effect


 "Our preference for aquatic environments may be explained by their  critical role in our evolutionary history: Fresh water has always been  essential to human survival, and salt water was and is a primary food  source and portal for migration. Being drawn to aquatic environments,  researchers say, was optimally adaptive for our ancestors—and the  adaptation may still echo in our brains."

Fountains influence mood and mental state.


 "Inward-focused attention can include worrying and rumination about  things specific to one's self—patterns that have been linked to  conditions involving psychological stress (including depression, anxiety,  and post-traumatic stress disorder). Participants’ reaction times were  slower when they listened to artificial sounds compared to natural ones,  as well."