Who knew making your bed could aid in productivity, peace and happiness? Prior to this, I’m not so sure I could say making my bed ever left me feeling happy, but after reading this article from Apartment Therapy it definitely left me feeling a bit more inspired, intrigued and after today, a believer!
From (Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit” )According to Duhigg, making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. It has also been suggested that making your bed boosts happiness. My interest was piqued. Happiness? Yes, I’ll take it. Productivity? Yep, I’ll take that too. Sticking to a budget? Sounds good to me.
Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestselling book “The Happiness Project”, explains that making the bed was “the number one most impactful change that people brought up over and over” as she researched her book on inspiring happiness. Can an act that takes three minutes (yes, I timed it) really make that much of a difference in your life?
Apparently, making your bed (and other feel-good tasks like exercising and cooking your own food) is something called a keystone habit. Keystone habits are those routines that, if you can identify them, spill over to other habits. According to Duhigg, changing or cultivating keystone habits “helps other habits to flourish by creating new structures, and they establish cultures where change becomes contagious.” A keystone habit is essentially a catalyst for other good habits.
To read the entire article click this here and enjoy.
A while back I interview Shari Neal creator and owner of a popular chicago based t-shirt line to explore and find out the inspiration and motivation behind starting her Bon Bon Vie Tees. Back again and re inspired she shares with us her fears, motivation and the work that lead to her push forward.
1. Congratulation on taking on a new venture. How exciting this must be for you! What inspired you to expand from you line of t shirts and travel down the path of making and selling jewelry?
Thank you! I expanded my line to include jewelry for a number of reasons. In my opinion, in any business, diversity in products is the key to longevity. I’ve always had an interest in jewelry, but only recently have I really been able to pursue it. I lvoe making tees, but once the designs are done and the tees are printed, you’re done creating. I like the idea of jewelry because it’s very hands on and no 2 pieces are exactly the same.
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