Seeing and hearing incense burn from up close feels like soothing rain

It’s a little brain jiggling to watch this macro footage of incense burning because you’re seeing fire disintegrate the burning light but hear a pitter patter that resembles rain fall. And what the most backwards thing is that the strongest sense of incense—the smell, duh—can’t be felt. The juggling of senses is fun,…

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Watching this knife get sharpened sent satisfying tingles up my spine

It’s unfair. Something so simple and basic should not be able to leave a lasting impact on me like this. The act of sharpening a knife, though absolutely a skill, is a chore of maintenance, not something that can be this satisfying to watch. But just take in this video below, hear the knife on the whetstone, see the…

Watching this video of a chef cooking massaged my senses with pleasure

Here's an entire series of ASMR videos featuring baking and cooking and prepping and opening packages and so forth. The chef makes vegan goods, which depending on your world view may shade what you think of the cooking, but there is no doubt: it is so very pleasurable to watch the food get made. It's like a soothing…