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Chore or stress reliever: Study suggests that washing dishes decreases stress

September 30, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

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CONTACT: Kelli Gemmer, College of Education
(850) 645-4637; kgemmer@fsu.edu

September 2015

CHORE OR STRESS RELIEVER: STUDY SUGGESTS
THAT WASHING DISHES DECREASES STRESS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Washing those dreadful dishes after a long day seems like the furthest thing from relaxation. Or is it?

Student and faculty researchers at Florida State University have found that mindfully washing dishes calms the mind and decreases stress.

Published in the journal Mindfulness, the study looked at whether washing dishes could be used as an informal contemplative practice that promotes a positive state of mindfulness — a meditative method of focusing attention on the emotions and thoughts of the present moment.

“I’ve had an interest in mindfulness for many years, both as a contemplative practitioner and a researcher,” said Adam Hanley, a doctoral candidate in FSU College of Education’s Counseling/School Psychology program and one of the study’s authors. “I was particularly interested in how the mundane activities in life could be used to promote a mindful state and, thus, increase overall sense of well-being.”

After conducting a study with 51 students, the researchers found that mindful dishwashers — those who focused on the smell of the soap, the warmth of the water, the feel of the dishes — reported a decrease in nervousness by 27 percent and an increase in mental inspiration by 25 percent. The control group, on the other hand, didn’t experience any benefits.

The research team also included Alia Warner and Vincent Delhili, doctoral candidates at Florida State; Angela Canto, assistant professor at Florida State; and Eric Garland, associate professor at University of Utah.

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The study has been featured in articles by the Wall Street Journal, UPI, Good HousekeepingUSA Today, Florida State 24/7TIME Health, and TECH TIMES.

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