Wellbeing Design Diary: Sound

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What’s one sound that doesn’t persuade you to look up from a task?

Wellbeing design addresses sounds that distract and motivate. After all, our sensations are a necessary support.

Design Sensibility aligns sensory desires with goal achievements.

One distractive sound addressed in recent years is smartphone notifications. How do you react when your favorite song is played? Or when a person is shouting from anger?

Wellbeing improves through sound factors.

Julian Treasure identifies how sound effects our physiological, psychological, cognitive, and behavior responses in his brief TED talk The 4 ways sound affects us. Additional  supportive research identifies changing, modifying, and masking sound agents will improve productivity, health, and wellbeing. Sound is found to effect all human achievements because or body responds to it in negative or positive ways.


Laughter is truly great medicine. Today there was a lot of laughter. I felt great waking up with no alarm clock. It was the first night of sleep in two days I didn’t wake at 2:30a.m. The morning rolled off with some good belly laughs with others. The combination of these experiences set an upbeat tone through an intense day.

Indoor workouts require sounds that invigorates confidence and motivation. Maybe this means voiced affirmations. Today I set one run speed while tuned-in to stand-up comedy. A long, steady run indoors can get monotonous. So, attention to breathing rhythms and focused muscle-work mixed with comic-relief brought a musical blend I’ll call Delight.

Soundscape is a work in progress through the creative wellbeing method.

Accoustical engineers identified sound as a contributor to changing brain activity. So, words categorize into phonological sounds that hinder or excel progress.

First, pause here to imagine the tone “you can do it” spoken to you. Now, speak the same phrase aloud imitating a Mademoiselle, Drill Instructor, Mr. Announcer, Boston Fan. The Runkeeper app offers these Audio Cue Voice preferences.

Since they dramatically differ, who would you prefer to workout with?

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Infographic from TED Blog