Both billionaires say they take care of their family’s dirty plates and glasses every night.
In a 2014 interview with Business Insider, Bezos said that doing the dishes is a part of his daily routine.
“I do the dishes every night,” said Bezos. “I’m pretty convinced it’s the sexiest thing I do,” he joked.
Gates, who is currently the world’s second-richest man, enjoys doing the dishes.
When asked in a 2014 Reddit Ask Me Anything, “What is something you enjoy doing that you think no one would expect from you?” Gates replied, “I do the dishes every night — other people volunteer, but I like the way I do it.”
While both businessmen have their own individual reasons for doing it, multiple independent studies have found that doing the dishes can reduce stress and boost creativity.
A Florida State University study found that students who were prepped to be mindful while washing dishes saw a decrease in their stress levels and a boost in inspiration. It is arguable that the concentrating on the feeling of the warm water or the smell of the soap stimulated the brain.
Another study by the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that doing mindless tasks allow the brain to wander and engage in creative problem-solving.
Not convince? Let’s think about it: When do you get your best ideas? Is it when you’re at your laptop willing them to come? Or is it when you’re mindlessly taking a shower or exercising that a brilliant idea suddenly pops into your head?
Well, the mundane process of washing the dishes could provide the same solution.
So the next time you see a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, follow these billionaires’ lead. The task could help you feel calmer and more creative.