I love this mala, and only take it off for showers. It's peaceful and calming, and has added much abundance in my life. I rarely feel stressed, but if I do, I wrap my hand around the mala, and the stress disappears immediately. I have purchased many malas from The Dharma Shop, and all iof them have been very high quality. I only had one that broke., but it was still a great quality. This is one of my many favirites if my malas.