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The Domestic Church Workout

BY The Editors

September 28-October 4, 2008 Issue | Posted 9/23/08 at 2:45 PM


The adage “Cleanliness is next to godliness” is not in the Bible. In fact, it’s widely attributed to a sermon given in the 18th century by John Wesley, founder of the Methodist branch of Protestantism. Nevertheless, it’s a point worth pondering in light of a new study suggesting that light housework, when done regularly, reduces stress and improves mental health. After all, it’s exercise. For maximum benefit, pray while you clean house.

Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine