"If you want to change the world, start by making your bed. If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task will have turned into many tasks completed."
US Navy Seal William H. McCraven
Few arguments can divide a household quicker than the good old bed making debate. The issue of whether or not you should make your bed in the morning has been tearing families up forever, and with good reason. Not only is it another 'chore' to add to the list, but there are also studies that suggest making your bed encourages dust mites to breed and should be avoided. On top of that, it's considered by some to be a fruitless task, as we make our bed only to unmake it hours later.
So tomorrow morning, you have a choice. You can either not bother making your bed and defend your decision with scientific evidence about dust mites or you can prove to everyone how making your bed is the best possible decision you can make each morning.
Making your bed makes you more productive
The morning is perhaps the most important time to be productive as it sets your pace for the rest of the day. Good news for those who have a sluggish start - simply making your bed has been correlated to better productivity.
Author Charles Duhigg's of "The Power Of Habit" identifies making your bed as a "keystone habit" which is a routine that becomes a catalyst for other good habits. The idea is that by making your bed which in itself is a small task, you'll continue to be productive throughout the day and will accomplish larger goals.
Making your bed makes you happy
It seems strange that so many people (and children) moan and groan about having to make their beds, when it’s actually been proven that doing so makes us happy.
In researching her book, 'The Happiness Project', author Gretchen Ruben found that making your bed is one of the easiest triggers of happiness, and was "the number one most impactful change that people brought up over and over". In addition to her research, a survey of 68,000 people by Hunch.com found that 71 percent of bed makers said they were happy, while 62 percent of non-bed makers said they were unhappy. Sounds to us like a cheap cure for the blues.
Making your bed reduces stress
Just like any chore, knowing there’s something you need to do can be stressful, but ticking a box on your checklist isn’t the only reason why making your bed helps reduce stress.
According to author Marie Kondo of 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up', clutter is linked to higher levels of stress, thus making your bed each morning can lead to a less cluttered space, and a more positive frame of mind. And the positive outcomes don’t just end once the bed is made.
If you’ve ever come home to a tidy bed after a hard day’s work then you know how quickly your mood improves at the very sight of it. Just think - that calm and peaceful state of mind was the result of a quick two minute task that morning.
Your bed is actually your head
You’ve read that right. Your bed is your head, according to Zen Priest and author Karen Miller who writes: "The state of your bed is the state of your head. To be sure, the bed and its adornments are a mirror of your psyche, a reflection of your thoughts and feelings, the locus of your dreams and nightmares. But more than that, your bed actually is your mind. Like all phenomena that arise within your field of perception, your bed appears within your own consciousness. How do you respond to what appears?"
Karen argues that making your bed is a way of facing what’s in front of you and making peace with the world you inhabit. So if you’re not one to be defeated, then put your excuses to bed and start tucking those sheets in.
Your bed deserves your love
There’s only one place you can rely on each night to properly repair the day’s damage, replenish your resources and reset your frame of mind. And that place is probably suffocating right now in tangled sheets, misplaced pillows and piles of dirty laundry.
This last reason is the most important one: You should make your bed each morning because your bed loves you, and you should love it back. Treat it how you’d like to be treated if you were the reason why someone woke up every morning after a good night’s sleep, ready to take on a whole new day.
And if, after reading all of this, you’re still not convinced that you should make your bed in the morning, perhaps you’ve simply fallen out of love with your mattress.
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