They’re foam, they come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. You squeeze them as much as you’d like. They don’t bounce much. They tend to clutter desks since you can’t possibly use more than one of them. And they aren’t really good for much else.
The idea is that, in squeezing them, you somehow release tension. I have one on my desk at work. I got it from a colleague, who picked it up at a conference. It’s shaped (and colored) like a a carrot and it promotes a company who has Rabbits in the title – so I suppose the carrot idea comes from their branding.
But really, what’s the point? I feel no less stressed if I am squeezing it. It relieves no tension or pressure. And while I haven’t read up on the medical testing, I have the sneaking suspicion that some clever marketing strategist convinced someone somewhere to buy these things as a personalized piece of marketing collateral for their company. Thus spawned the stress reliever.
My question remains – what’s the point? I’m not irritated or annoyed by the things. More just curious at how they became so prevalent. Wouldn’t one be enough? They’re not crazy sturdy, but they definitely don’t lose their squishy-ness quickly.
And, aside from being mildly amusing when I’m bored, or giving me something to play around with while I’m stuck on the phone, I just don’t see the purpose of the things. This doesn’t cause any antipathy on my part, but, like I said, more curiosity.
So, audience o’ mine: do you have a stress reliever? Do you use it regularly? Do you find relief from squeezing it or playing with it? Could you survive if the world was stress reliever-free? Do you know anyone who loves them or has to have them? If so, why? What’s the most interesting stress reliever you’ve seen? The least imaginative?
I guess I’m looking to sate my curiosity this Monday.