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Have you ever wondered why it seems so soothing to listen to birds chirping in the morning? Well, a new study has found that listening to bird songs can help get over stress and anxiety in humans.

The study found that everyday encounters with birds boosted the mood of people with depression, as well as the wider population.

The researchers said the findings suggested that visits to places with a wealth of birdlife, such as parks and canals, could be prescribed by doctors to treat mental health conditions.

"Birdsong could also be applied to prevent mental disorders. Listening to an audio song would be a simple, easily accessible intervention. But if we could already show such effects in an online experiment performed by participants on a computer, we can assume that these are even stronger outdoors in nature," says first author Emil Stobbe.