Monday mornings can be stressful with early morning conference calls and mountains of e-mails that need answering, so why not take a small break to watch this shoe shine video from Garra Style?
Garra Style was a lifestyle magazine from Japan that existed around 2008 that is probably best-known for its online minimalist videos of people doing everyday tasks remarkably well. From ironing to making coffee, each video is particularly pleasing to watch.
Part of this enjoyment might actually come from the scientific phenomenon known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (or ASMR for short). ASMR is characterized as a pleasurable sensation that comes from a response to visual, auditory, and other cognitive stimuli. As one Reddit user describes it, the enjoyment can come from ”mentally linking the subtle sounds to what I know is extremely efficient and premeditated acts.” As a result, the focus and relaxation that comes from ASMR is comparable to meditation and is helpful in relieving anxiety and stress.
While the scientific validity of ASMR is still under debate, there is no denying that these videos are well-produced and fun to watch. I’ve embedded a few more of them after the break and while the original Youtube channel has long since been deleted, you can still find most of them online here.