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Tuesday Tip: Organize a Small Mess

April 12, 2011 | Tuesday Tips | 0 comments

One thing you can do today to be happier.

Clean out a drawer today. (Perhaps that one that drives you crazy every time you open it?)

Organization can be grouped with personal cleanliness, a state with clear psychological benefits. We talk about washing away our sins, wiping the slate clean, and psychologists study the “Macbeth effect”: Washing your hands seems to “scrub away mental turmoil,” according to University of Michigan psychologist Spike Lee.

Inside of sighing (or screaming) with frustration when, once again, you can’t find the Scotch tape you think might be in that junk drawer, clean out the drawer. If you don’t have time for that, make your bed today. Giving ourselves a bit of order can give us more than a bit of happiness.

© 2011 Christine Carter, Ph.D.

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