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.
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.