Visual Soundscapes: Planet Earth

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.Leo Tolstoy

There’s an enduring belief among many cultures that being outdoors and viewing nature are good for mind and body.  But, what to do when you’re trapped indoors?  Of course —watch nature videos!

A study conducted by BBC Earth and the University of California-Berkley revealed that viewing nature in images and video footage triggers a feel good response in people, and as a result of these findings, BBC Earth launched the ‘Real Happiness Project’ with “a mission to bring real happiness to as many people as possible by improving their connection to the natural world”.  In pursuit of the project goal, the free-to-watch & share Planet Earth video series was released.

Planet Earth consists of 40 hours of visual soundscapes taken from footage filmed by the BBC Planet Earth II camera teams while on location.  No commentary on these videos, only breathtaking sights and sounds of nature:  Island Sounds, Mountain Sounds, Jungle Sounds, and Desert Sounds.  Simply, sit back, dim the lights, put on your headphones, click/tap play, relax and enjoy quiet meditation.  Or, fill your home with nature by playing one of the nature soundscape videos from your TV screen while you go about your daily routine, and it’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a world of awe and happy.

Island Sounds Take a tour of the islands of the world and immerse yourself in the these unique seascapes brimming with sea life.


Mountain Sounds is a high-flying journey through some of the most stunning mountainscapes on planet Earth.


Jungle Sounds Travel through lush and magical jungles.


Desert Sounds Experience the scorched and textured habitat of desert landscapes around the world.



Feature photo of nature is courtesy of Bhoj Rai/Unsplash, CC0



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