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4/13/2017

Chore or stress reliever: Study suggests that washing dishes decreases stress - Florida State University News

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Choreorstressreliever:Studysuggeststhatwashingdishes

decreasesstress

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Washingthosedreadfuldishesafteralongdayseemslikethefurthestthingfrom

relaxation.Orisit?

StudentandfacultyresearchersatFloridaStateUniversityhavefoundthat

mindfullywashingdishescalmsthemindanddecreasesstress.

lookedatwhetherwashingdishescouldbeusedasaninformalcontemplative

practicethatpromotesapositivestateofmindfulness—ameditativemethodof

focusingattentionontheemotionsandthoughtsofthepresentmoment.

“I’vehadaninterestinmindfulnessformanyyears,bothasacontemplative

practitionerandaresearcher,”saidAdamHanley,adoctoralcandidateinFSU

CollegeofEducation’sCounseling/SchoolPsychologyprogramandoneofthe

study’sauthors.“Iwasparticularlyinterestedinhowthemundaneactivitiesinlife

couldbeusedtopromoteamindfulstateand,thus,increaseoverallsenseofwell‑

being.”

Afterconductingastudywith51students,theresearchersfoundthatmindfuldishwashers—thosewhofocusedonthesmellofthesoap,the

warmthofthewater,thefeelofthedishes—reportedadecreaseinnervousnessby27percentandanincreaseinmentalinspirationby25percent.

Thecontrolgroup,ontheotherhand,didn’texperienceanybenefits.

TheresearchteamalsoincludedAliaWarnerandVincentDelhili,doctoralcandidatesatFloridaState;AngelaCanto,assistantprofessoratFlorida

State;andEricGarland,associateprofessoratUniversityofUtah.

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