Mindful dishwashing can decrease stress and calm the mind, a new study finds.
People in the study focused on the smell of the soap, the feel and shape of the dishes to help them enter a mindful state.
Doing the dishes in a mindful way also increased the pleasurable feeling of time slowing down, the researchers found.
Mr Adam Hanley, the study’s first author, said:
“I’ve had an interest in mindfulness for many years, both as a contemplative practitioner and a researcher.
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.”