The Absolute Best Way To Relax

There are many ways that people choose to relax, but the one way that studies say absolutely does the trick is sitting by a fire. Researchers say that it can reduce your blood pressure and help you to relax. Why does the warm glow and crackle calm you down? There are genes related to dopamine — a brain chemical that plays a role in feelings of pleasure — that have been linked to managing or balancing conflict. No fireplace at home? Not to worry — studies show that watching television might have similar effects. For one, the television set emits flickering light and sudden, unpredictable sounds, just like a fire. Both also have the capacity to captivate your attention, even if you try to look away. Many television networks play videos of a crackling fireplace around the Christmas holidays, and now we know why.