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Were the "good old days" better for our brains? A new study out of Scotland says that just 20 minutes of housework boosts your mental health and eases stress and anxiety. In another study, researchers from Norway have found that farm animals are therapeutic for people with mental illness. Patients who worked with farm animals for 3 hours twice a week for 12 weeks showed positive effects on their quality of life and ability to cope. So basically we should all be housewives for Tibetan goatherds or something. Who's in? [UPI, EurekAlert]


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I actually do love when my apartment is clean. I find I sleep better in a clean room and sleep = less stress for La Comtesse.

Mr. La Comtesse sleeps like a log regardless of the state of our apt, but he is always on board when I ask him to help me tidy up. He's a goodin'.

Oh, and having worked with farm animals for several childhood summers, they are NOT stress reducers. Chickens are the devil. Working with chickens is why i'm no longer a vegetarian.