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Why We Adore the Sound of Rain

You don’t need tropical weather and a white sand beach to experience full relaxation. Sometimes, it’s even better to cuddle inside while listening to nature’s soundtrack: the pitter patter of falling rain. This sound is almost universally adored, but why?

According to researchers, we love rain and other water noises because we perceive them as non-threatening. Sudden sounds jolt us out of our reverie, triggering an evolutionary response known as the threat activated vigilance system. Rainfall not only lacks such jolts — it actively blocks out sudden noises that would otherwise bother us. It’s nature’s version of a white noise machine.

The simple and repetitive sound of water allows us to rest our overstimulated brains. It induces a state of mild meditation found in few other settings. A similar effect can be found in listening to ocean waves or a babbling brook.

Rain’s white noise doesn’t just cause us to relax…it brings out our inner creativity. Marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols argues that the sound of rain allows our brain to wander, eventually reaching a state known as the default mode network. Associated with daydreaming and introspection, this mode is critical to creativity. This effect is amplified when you’re at the ocean or in the shower; instead of processing constant visual and auditory cues, you can finally reflect, free of distraction. No wonder our best insights arrive in the shower!

Don’t wait for the wet season to embrace the sound of falling rain. Instead of relying on the weather, you can incorporate this pleasant sound into your daily routine. Kohler’s Real Rain shower makes it all possible by mimicking natural rainfall in look, feel, and sound. The shower’s square panel provides an immersive experience with 775 nozzles. It produces droplets of different sizes that fall at various rates, much like real-world rain.

The key difference between Real Rain and a standard shower? Real Rain makes the most of gravity instead of relying on water pressure. The system features a unique reservoir, which spills into the shower head when full. With droplets this accurate, you’ll struggle to distinguish between your shower and actual rainfall.

If anything, the Real Rain shower is better than the real deal — it lets you play Mother Nature. Simply press a button, and your light rain shower will transform into a satisfying eight-second deluge. Manual and automatic configurations allow you to design the exact rainfall experience you desire. You can also choose your preferred shower head color and finish.

Take a break from your busy day to embrace the relaxation of rainfall. A few minutes of water-based relaxation will leave you ready to tackle life’s greatest challenges. Discover true serenity at the Kohler Signature Store.

Kohler Signature Store
140 Allendale Rd
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(484) 588-2560

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