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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Clean House

One of the ancient rituals connected to the Spring Festival ("Chinese New Year") in China and Chinese-influenced cultures (like Japan) is a good cleaning of the house before New Year's Eve.

It's the physical equivalent of the "New Year's Resolution": start the year with a clean house and a clean slate.

The feelings that come with a clean house are many: pride, lowered stress, comfort. Then there's the efficiency that comes from being able to find things (or not have to step over things).

Cleaning itself can be drudgery, but you can always "Whistle while you work." Every time I see Snow White clean the Dwarfs' house, I wish I had those animals to help! But barring animals, there are always partners and kids. Or friends (really, really good friends).

So clean the place up. If you don't get pleasure in the action, you'll get pleasure from the result.

And you'll be happier.

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