Columnist Edition Inc. Jessica Stillman drew attention to the unusual feature of the richest people in the world. Despite the huge fortunes, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos admitted that they clean the dishes on their own every evening after dinner. Billionaires do not reveal their motives, but science has its own answers.
Although this is hard to believe, research shows that daily tasks (such as loading the sink and messing with the wash) can increase the feeling of happiness if done in the right way. One of the recent studies suggested that participants look at the dishwashing, as an opportunity to achieve mental peace and focus on the present moment, to feel the sensations.
It turned out that six minutes of such meditative washing reduced the feeling of nervousness by 27% and raised inspiration by 25%. This is sure to sound wild for many busy professionals who would happily save time on household chores. But the study is not lonely in its results. Meditation practitioners have long insisted that concentrating on household duties can reveal their inner beauty and calm the mind.
If they are not your authority for you, the same argument comes from the professor at the Wharton School of Business and the successful writer Adam Grant.
Through this approach, Grant never had to go through formal meditation practices. He did not sit on specialized pillows and did not include applications with white noise. It was just not necessary - mindfulness Grant practices in ordinary life, not depending on meditation.
Now imagine that you are a billionaire managing a huge charitable foundation or one of the most actively developing American companies. Imagine permanent solutions, requirements, a clogged schedule, constant concern for the future. Any mind, however extraordinary it may be, will require a breather. Washing dishes is an ideal opportunity to put all things in the background and immerse yourself in the present moment.
But this is not the only advantage of such a habit. "Exercises with a sponge" also allow you to relax and dream a little. Experts in the field of creativity say that it is such a wandering mind that allows the brain to draw the most innovative and unforeseen conclusions. That is why so many brilliant ideas come to mind in the soul.
So, Bezos and Gates do not just gain a little awareness, but they also boost creativity.
The point is not that "billionaires are so similar to us." Without a doubt, I myself would have entrusted the household duties to a well-paid professional. And although not a single interview of a rich man will make me love my sink for dishes, the unusual addiction of Gates and Bezos makes me rethink many duties that are impossible to get rid of.
You may hate hanging clothes or ironing, but the fact that super-rich billionaires devote themselves to such trifles is reminiscent - if you are in the right state of mind, routine work can be a valuable source of awareness and creativity.
Such a discovery is unlikely to make you gladly pounce on a pile of dirty plates. But, at least, it is worth thinking about whether you are extracting the maximum benefit from cases that so far cannot be delegated to anyone.