Study suggests that washing dishes decreases stress

Mindfully washing dishes calms the mind and decreases stress, a new study shows. 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.

Source: Chore or stress reliever: Study suggests that washing dishes decreases stress — ScienceDaily

Isn’t this funny? Now people will start fighting to wash the dishes and relax. I wonder if this means that dishwashers are the most relaxed people?

What is interesting when you read studies is that you often see things in a different perspective. Many times we view things in life as drudgery or boring, when in fact they are beneficial. I do dishes everyday so I guess I must be pretty relaxed.

I have lived in more places that didn’t have a dishwasher, than did have a dishwasher. It is a habit to just wash dishes. It is really nice however especially with a really dirty dish to use a dishwasher. Another study said that dishwashers can be more environmental if they use less than 5 gallons of water per cycle. That study said that most people use more water than that when they manually wash dishes. I guess you could measure the amount of water you use, or use a tub that allows you to measure how much water you use. I used to use a tub in the sink since it allowed me to measure the water and I know I used more than 5 gallons.

Verizon customer service doesn’t have your best interests at heart

I called Verizon customer service to get more data on my iPhone since I was moving and needed more data. I spoke to a customer service person who suggested that instead of getting 1 GB of data for $10 it would be a better value to get 3 GB of data for $20. Great, even better. So I agree to that and a few days later I find myself needing more data.

I look into my online webpage that shows how data is used and I explore the different plans that are available to me. Turns out there is a plan that has far more data and even cheaper. For almost twice the amount of data I pay $40 less than the plan I was on! That customer service person had to see and know about that plan but instead of telling me about it, suggested a more expensive option.

I understand it is the salespersons job to sell, but it is also customer service and I should have been told the option at the start. Now I have learned not to call customer service to change your plan but instead investigate all the plans available and then make your choice on the webpage. Companies often say how “customer focused” their customer service is, but it is clear it is just window dressing as a way to charge the average joe more money. Now I have to find a better option than Verizon. Any suggestions?