Found this article online:

“Does the sound and sight of fire trigger the relaxation response and alleviate stress? University of Alabama professor Christopher Lynn was eager to find out, because stress-related disorders are among the leading causes of disability in the modern era, with significant economic impact. So he designed experiments, published in the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, to test his hypothesis that it would, and discovered that the sight and sound of fire (as opposed to just the sight) does in fact reduce blood pressure, especially with longer periods of exposure. And that was just the sight and sound of fire on a computer screen – without the actual heat, and the changes in the air, both good and bad. Now we understand why a luminous but silent gas fireplace does not always cut it.”

So watching a fire helps the economy by alleviating stress…is there anything a fire can’t do? (yes, it can make toast).

Have a good Spring folks.