Today I want to write about a topic that is expected that everyone is focused on and takes care of. It is expected at your workplace, the university, social gatherings and other places you might go. Even though it is expected there is no law for taking care of it, at least not in Norway where I live. You probably wondering what I’m writing about, right? It is personal hygiene.
This can be culture related as well where in some cultures it is very important to have a good personal hygiene whilst in others they don’t put that much focus on it. It can also be status related. There are different degrees of it. One interesting fact is that it is unhealthy to shower too many times in a day. Yes it is possible to be «too clean», it sounds strange but according to a recent study they said that we need some bacterias on our body in order to be resistent against certain things.
I want to share a story with you guys about the topic that I’m writing about. Yesterday, I and my boyfriend were at the supermarket to buy ingredients for a soup that we wanted to prepare. When we were standing in the line for paying in the cashier it was a lady in front of us that smelled very badly. It was actually so annoying that we could not stand behind her and had to switch line.
This makes me wonder about some things. Doesn’t she notice that she smells? If I smell I always recognize it and I do something about it right away. And if my first question is yes then my other question would be why she doesn’t do anything about it. When we are at home then we are not bothering others but when we are standing in the line at the supermarket we should think of the wellbeing of other people around us. I don’t want to be rude but the smell was so strong that we wanted to throw up. The problem her is that what we were annoyed about is not a crime. It is not against the law to smell badly even though other people gets affected it is only a normative rule. But it is a corporate social responsibility.
How do we solve it? Well, it cannot be directly solved actually. You cannot call the police and get the person arrested for smelling badly. But every country should have some attitude campaigns where it should be put emphasize on personal hygiene. Just as the researchers stated in their study about being «too clean» it is also unhealthy to be too dirty. In fact it is not only bothering the people next to that person for a short time but it will harm the person when we consider his/her personal hygiene in the long run. So yes it is the governments responsibility to deal with this issue.
What are your opinions about this? What methods would you propose in order to get people to care more about their personal hygiene? Or do you think that we just should not care about it?