Monday, October 15, 2012
Mom Was Right...Again
I read recently that making your bed can make you happier. While I generally like a clean and tidy house, I have not been in the habit of making my bed. Like others have observed, why make it up when I’m just going to sleep in it again tonight? And besides, since my room is upstairs, no one sees it except me.
However, this article’s promise intrigued me, so I thought I would try it. The quilt I’ve used on my bed for years didn’t make it through the last wash cycle in one piece, so the occasion of getting a new quilt seemed like an auspicious time to experiment with making my bed.
Wow. What a difference! The one minute it takes me to smooth the sheets and blankets and straighten the quilt just when I get out of bed makes my heart smile. Everything seems right with the world. There is a noticeable lift in my mood and peace in my spirit.
And here’s the bonus. I feel happier when I go to bed, too. I like approaching my bed and pulling the covers down and slipping between the sheets. My bed is a more welcoming place, inviting me to enter a calm and orderly refuge and settle into restful slumber.
Those of you who practice this habit regularly might not appreciate the dramatic difference this simple act makes at the start of your day. I’m now a believer, and with the fanaticism characteristic of the newly converted, I want to spread the word!
Do you make your bed? If not, would you try it for a week? Let me know what happens!
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