Last fall, my house guest commented that I hummed–a lot. I was surprised. I didn’t realize I was a hummer but I didn’t think much about it as I was busy getting ready to leave for my trip to Japan.
Why is this woman so content?
After settling into my rental accommodation in Japan, I became aware that I was humming. Why hadn’t I noticed this before? Why was I aware of it here in a foreign country?
I consulted Dr. Google to find out why people unconsciously hum. Here’s what the good doctor told me: “Humming can be an indication of a contented mind. Or it can be a stress buster. (Dr. Google is quite open- minded and looks at both sides of the question). I preferred the former–a sign of contentment. I told myself “Relax, you hum when you feel good. It’s a simple activity and it’s free. Think of it as little bits of joy bubbling up from your unconscious.”
And that’s what I did. I was still bothered by why I was aware of humming in Japan and not Canada? I think I now understand. In Japan I had no television/radio in my apartment. Silence, every day. I could listen to Tune In radio on my iPad, but for all intents and purposes there were no sound distractions in my apartment for a full month. Outside was another world (noisy) altogether!
My conclusion: we all come with our own built-in entertainment systems. What’s yours?