Why do we feel so good after a shower?

Sure, there are plenty of physical reasons. The warm water is nice, it relaxes our muscles, etc.

What’s more interesting is the psychological effects washing can have on us:

  • Many believe you can literally wash away bad luck. Given an opportunity to wash their hands, people were more likely to re-engage in risky behavior they had previously failed at.
  • The connection between cleanliness and ethical purity isn’t just metaphorical. A shower can make you less moralistic and washing your hands can lead you to feel less guilty.

Speaking of which, I need a shower.

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