Readers of Improv Wisdom know that one of the daily rituals of my life is "making the marriage bed". I point out that the three minute activity of smoothing the sheets, pulling up the bedspread and setting the pillows starts my day, every day, and gives my life a sense of order. Ordinary rituals contribute to my mental health and well being. Recently a student in my evening class on "Everyday Spontaneity" sent me this link to an article by a psychologist about the proven benefits of daily bed making.
What surprised me most in the article was the statistic that 59% of those polled don't make their beds in the morning. A stunning 12% have someone else make the bed for them. Wow. Lots of folks with housekeepers. Wow. Most people give the excuse: "I don't have time." The actual time it takes to straighten bedclothes in under three minutes, depending upon how many pillows and accessories you have to arrange. Three minutes. Not a bad investment to start the day with order and a sense of accomplishment. Try it, if you are part of the 59%.