One Way to BE HAPPIER in 2019

On this New Year’s Eve, the media is full of suggestions for New Year’s resolutions that will make you a happier person.  Most of them include diet and exercise.  If this doesn’t seem very original or appealing, I’m reviving one of my most popular posts on Blogger with a different headline :  One Way to BE HAPPIER in 2019:

Do you make your bed every day?  If you don’t you have plenty of company.  According to a survey of 68,000 people by Hunch . com,  59 percent of people don’t make their bed; 27 percent do, while 17 percent pay a housekeeper to do the dreaded job.   This may be good or bad, but psychologists in that same survey found that 71 percent of bed makers consider themselves happy, while 62 percent of non-bed-makers say they’re unhappy.  Bed makers were more apt to like their jobs, own a home, exercise, and feel well rested.

At girl scout camp,  they told us to let our beds breathe before  we had breakfast, then make them after we got back from the cafeteria.  Some health advocates say that dust mites live in made beds, so they’re better left unmade.  Turns out, this advice only applies to people who live in damp climates.  The excuse does not apply to most of us in the USA.

Naval Admiral William Raven explained  in a commencement speech at the University of Texas, Austin,  why making your bed each day makes you happy:

. It gives you an accomplished feeling 1st thing in the morning

. It helps with the clutter & visual appeal of your room

.It increases productivity and happiness

.It’s manageable

Studies  prove that people who make their beds are happier, more productive, and successful.   And it takes less than 2 minutes!   So, whether it rains, sleets or snows–get up, make your bed, and face the day with a smile.😃
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