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Does Cleaning Actually Improve Your Mental Health?

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For some of us, cleaning the house is a necessary evil. But for others, cleaning actually has psychological benefits!

Darby Saxbe, a pyschology professor at the University of Southern California recently published a research paper entitled "No Place Like Home: Home Tours Correlate With Daily Patterns Of Mood And Cortisol".

She reported that "(Cleaning) gives people a sense of mastery and control over their environment. Life is full of uncertainty and many situations are out of our hands, but at least we can assert our will on our living space. Clutter can be visually distracting, too, and serve as a nagging reminder of tasks and chores undone."

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So if you feel the need to clean your place when you're stressed out, there's an underlying basis for it - and that need can be good for your mental health, so give in!