8 Chores With Unexpected Scientific Health Benefits

I agree with the basic premise here that you will benefit from these chores. Not so sure how scientific it is, but keeping a positive attitude about them is unquestionably good for you – body and soul.


To read further on Positive Psychology:

Breaking down 8 Barriers to Positive Thinking

How to Harness Positive Psychology for You – Harvard

What is Positive Psychology?


Our Better Health

Why washing dishes, making your bed, dusting, and other common chores can lower stress, boost happiness, and protect against heart disease. You’ll never look at your To-Do list the same way again.

By Lauren Gelman

Wash dishes: Reduce anxiety

People who cleaned their plates mindfully (they focused on smelling the soap, feeling the water temperature, and touching the dishes) lowered their nervousness levels by 27 percent, found a recent study of 51 people out of Florida State University’s psychology department. People who didn’t take as thoughtful approach to their dish washing did not experience a similar calming benefit.

Dust with a lemon cleaner: Be happier

A citrusy scent is a potent mood booster, according to a 2014 Japanese study. When participants spent as little as ten minutes inhaling yuzu (a super-tart and citrusy Japanese fruit), they saw a significant decrease in their overall mood disturbance, a measure of tension, anxiety…

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2 responses to “8 Chores With Unexpected Scientific Health Benefits

  1. I don’t know Tony, this one seems, like so many studies nowadays, to mess up cause and effect. Feeling better has nothing to do with the feel of the water temp… those who do the dishes with care feel better because they know they did it right. They’re not going through the motions so they don’t feel like losers or dirt bags. This makes far more sense to me than smelling the lemons, as it were.


  2. I don’t totally disagree with you as you can see from what I wrote in my introduction. As far as how mindfulness works – I don’t truly understand it, to be perfectly honest, so I can’t argue that it has certain effects or not. People more expert than I am in it seem to agree that it has a lot of deep effects from subtle experiences.


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