24 Aug Tidy up and declutter for more happiness!
Is happiness to be found in cleanliness?
Will tidying up tip your mood toward positive emotions and being happy?
Keep reading below to find out (and to find more happiness)…
via Fulfilment Daily by Mike Hanski
The Challenge: We often don’t have enough time to clean up messy spaces
The Science: Clean, organized spaces reduce stress and increase productivity
The Solution: Set aside small amounts of time each day to clean and organize.
Cleaning is not something that most of us enjoy, or associate with happiness, but studies are increasingly showing that it does affect your mood and your stress. Unfortunately, most of us simply don’t have the time to dedicate to regular, deep cleaning of our homes. It’s also difficult to motivate yourself to clean after a long day, no matter what your job, especially when tasks build up and take a long period of time to complete. In fact, the average adult works some 47 hours a week, according to a poll by Gallup, with some 18% of people working as long as 60 hours a week, or nearly 12 hours a day. That’s a lot to do – not to mention little time or energy to clean afterwards. But, mess does cause stress and cleaning reduces it, even in animals other than humans, such as fish.
Clean homes and organized spaces are proven to reduce stress, improve happiness, and evenimprove your eating and exercise habits. Another study correlated reducing clutter with increased productivity at home and in the workplace. Eva Selhub, M.D., and author of “Your Health Destiny: How to Unlock Your Natural Ability to Overcome Illness, Feel Better, and Live Longer” integrates cleaning and organization in a large portion of her book, and she’s not the only one.
In fact, one study published by The University of California showed that coming home to a messy house can interfere with the body’s production of the de-stressing hormone cortisol, primarily because people believe that they had to clean up the mess, and therefore stress about it, even if they didn’t have the motivation to actually clean up.
While messy homes and messy office spaces can seem harmless, these studies are proving that a disorganized space causes stress, which can amplify the stress created by work, life, personal issues, and even driving home from work…
…keep reading HERE for the full & original article