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How Putting Up Wind Chimes Can Improve Your Mood

Posted by ,29th Apr 2024
How Putting Up Wind Chimes Can Improve Your Mood

At Paykoc Imports, we sell beautifully crafted copper, iron, and metal wind chimes that will enhance your outdoor decor and improve your mood in myriad ways. Improve my mood? That’s right. These compelling artistic creations call to the spirit in ways both obvious and subtle and can help turn a downer day into a peaceful, contemplative evening. If you’re looking for a simple way to enhance your domestic quality of life, few things do the job as effectively as wind chimes.

What Are Wind Chimes?

Wind chimes are a type of percussion instrument created by hanging items of metal, ceramic, glass, and other materials near one another so that when the wind blows, the hanging items tap into each other creating gentle, natural music.

The tone of the music depends on the strength of the wind. A strong wind will create quite an active musical tone. While the notes produced by a gentle breeze create a contemplative mood. Each musical composition is unique with the tempo determined by the speed and direction of the wind and the type of material the wind chime is fashioned from.

While personalized and other types of custom metal wind chimes are sometimes hung indoors to serve a visually aesthetic purpose, their real home is on the porch or in the yard where they take the pulse of the environment and provide insight into changing weather conditions.

But wind chimes are not just reliable weather gauges. They have also been used by traditional healers for centuries to help people suffering from anxiety, stress, and other conditions.

The Ancient Origins of Wind Chimes

Wind chimes have a lineage that stretches back almost 5000 years. The earliest evidence of wind chimes comes from archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, dating them to around 3000 B.C. These primitive constructions were made from materials such as bone, wood, bamboo, stone, or shells. Initially, wind chimes were believed to serve a protective purpose by warding off evil spirits.

Roman Tintinnabulum

In ancient Rome, wind chimes made of bronze were known as tintinnabulum. These chimes adorned gardens, courtyards, and porticoes. When the wind stirred, they emitted a tinkling sound. Romans believed that bells had the power to repel malevolent spirits. Often, these chimes were combined with a phallus, which symbolized good fortune and acted as a charm against the evil eye. The addition of the phallus enhanced their protective properties.

Ancient Roman Tintinnabulum found by archaeologists at Roman Viminacium
Ancient Tintinnabulum found by archaeologists at Roman Viminacium

Wind Chimes in Eastern and Southern Asia

India and China

Around the second century C.E., large pagodas in India featured small wind bells at each corner. These bronze chimes - known as "tubular bells" today - were hung together in clusters and produced resonant, peaceful notes that drifted in the air. Their purpose extended beyond scaring away birds; they were also meant to deter lurking evil spirits. These wind bells were not limited to pagodas but also adorned temples, palaces, and the roofs of local homes.

Japanese Fūrin

During Japan’s Edo period, glass bells known as fūrin became popular. These delicate creations hung from eaves and produced gentle sounds when touched by the wind. The Mizusawa Station wind bells are even part of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan. Wind chimes held significance in Japanese culture, symbolizing good luck and harmony. They were also used in Feng Shui to maximize the flow of chi, or life energy.

Modern Wind Chimes

Around 1100 B.C., wind chimes began to modernize. The Chinese started casting bells, creating a bell without a clapper called yong-zhong, primarily used in religious ceremonies. Subsequently, they crafted the feng-ling, which closely resembles today’s wind bells. Feng-lings were hung in shrines and pagodas to ward off evil spirits and attract benevolent ones.

Additional Facts About Wind Chimes' Global History

  • Wind chimes have also been discovered in archeological sites in both Greece and Egypt, raising the (still unanswered) question of whether they were invented in one place and then copied elsewhere or if, like pyramids, they arose independently in places that had no contact with one another.
  • Wind chimes are still found in Buddhist temples throughout the world where they are used to promote a contemplative, peaceful mood and provide a counterpart to any negative spirits that might be floating on the wind.
  • In Bali, farmers place wind chimes in their rice fields to scare away birds that might otherwise eat the young rice plants and as a way to ensure good luck and a bountiful harvest.
  • Throughout the world wind chimes have been used as a way to detect changes in wind direction that indicate oncoming storms.
Yong Zhong bell from Eastern Zhou dynasty China, circa 600-550 BCE

Popular Types of Wind Chimes

Let’s explore seven modern wind chime options available for purchase, and the unique characteristics of chimes made from each of the following materials.

Aluminum wind chimes beside trees
Bamboo wind chimes hanging from porch awning
Wind chimes with copper bells and ying yang charms
Multi-colored crystal wind chimes hanging from wooden fence post
Multicolored glass charms hanging from black cords on outdoor wind chimes
Wind chimes made of thin blue and white shells
Light oak wind chimes hanging beside beige outdoor wall

Bamboo Wind Chimes

Natural and soothing, bamboo wind chimes are popular for their organic look and gentle sound. They evoke a sense of tranquility and blend seamlessly with garden environments. Crafted from hollow bamboo tubes, they create soft, melodic tones when swayed by the breeze.

Aluminum Wind Chimes

These modern chimes are sleek and durable. Aluminum tubes produce clear, resonant notes. Available in various lengths and designs, they add a contemporary touch to outdoor spaces.

Glass Wind Chimes

Glass chimes are often used to add elegance to gardens and patios. They come in a range of colors and shapes. When sunlight filters through the glass pieces, they create a mesmerizing play of light and sound.

Shell Wind Chimes

Shell wind chimes are like a piece of the ocean hanging in your backyard. They're made of all sorts of shells dangling from strings, making music that feels just like the sea breeze. They're the perfect outdoor decor for beach houses or anywhere with a coastal aesthetic.

Metal Wind Chimes

Metal chimes are the most popular and versatile. They can be made from copper, stainless steel, or aluminum. Tuned to specific notes, metal tubes produce a harmonious musical experience.

Wooden Wind Chimes

Wooden chimes, often made from cedar or redwood, have a warm, earthy sound. They blend well with natural surroundings and evoke a rustic charm.

Crystal Wind Chimes

Crystal chimes are believed to enhance positive energy. They sparkle in the sunlight and emit delicate, ethereal tones. Clear quartz or colored crystals are commonly used.

How Wind Chimes Can Improve Your Mood

Now that we know a little more about the history and various uses for wind chimes let’s look at how the sounds wind chimes produce can help improve your mood from physical, psychological, mental, and behavioral perspectives.

  • Physical - Unpleasant sounds have the effect of raising our stress levels. Pleasant sounds, on the other hand, have just the opposite effect. When the wind chimes are tingling gently in the breeze it can lower our heart rate, relax our muscles, and cause us to take slower, more relaxed breaths.
  • Psychological - After thousands of years of musical exploration and innovation we still don't know whether music was discovered or invented. (In that sense, music is like math.) What we do know is that the type of peaceful, unstructured music produced by wind chimes can affect our emotions in myriad ways, reducing anxiety and anger and helping those burdened by stress to relax.
  • Mental - You’ll often hear people say that it’s so noisy they can’t think straight. And this is more than just some random complaint. Research shows that loud, jarring sounds interfere with our ability to think clearly. Conversely, the type of gentle, harmonious sounds produced by wind chimes have the opposite effect on our minds.
  • Behavioral - Loud, unpleasant noises can have a detrimental effect on our ability to sleep well. That, in turn, hurts our mental and physical well-being and influences our behavior. If you’re having trouble sleeping for whatever reason try hanging some iron or metal wind chimes outside your window.


Wind Chimes: A Symphony in the Breeze

Metal wind chimes are one of the few things that have been with us since the dawn of history. Constructed from suspended tubes, rods, or bells made of metal or wood, they sway with the natural movement of air. Today, wind chimes continue to grace gardens, patios, and outdoor spaces worldwide. They endure into the digital age because they act as an effective, decidedly low-tech bridge between ourselves and the natural world. If you’d like to reduce your stress levels and enhance the livability of your home, pick up some custom copper, metal, or iron wind chimes from Paykoc Imports.