Study: Here's How Washing Dishes By Hand Can Reduce Stress

Mind how you wash your dishes. Washing dishes in the right frame of mind can reduce your stress.

Or so says a Florida State University study reported on by Newser. Researchers actually studied the calming effects of scrubbing those dirty pots and pans.

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But washing dishes doesn't always translate to stress reduction. You need to practice mindfulness first.

The study gives an example of a mindfulness passage by Thich Nhat Hanh to read before washing:

"The fact that I am standing there and washing is a wondrous reality. I'm being completely myself, following my breath, conscious of my presence, and conscious of my thoughts and actions. There's no way I can be tossed around mindlessly like a bottle slapped here and there on the waves."

Maybe someone's spending too much time around dish soap fumes.

It's amazing what people spend time and money researching.