According to a study across seven countries, men who do more household chores are happier and report more well-being and a better work-life balance.
Of course, correlation is not causation. It’s probable that having a better work-life balance leads to doing more chores: after all, if you’re spending sixty hours a week working, you don’t have much time to sweep the floors. Even more likely, both the happiness and the chores may be caused by some other variable: for instance, not working an excessive amount, or a belief in gender equality. So it’s probably not that if you start doing half the cooking you’ll magically end up fulfilled in your life. (Unless you really like cooking, I guess.)
However, I think this is important for what it says about men.
It says that the Success Myth is wrong, that happiness is not a product of making more money and working longer hours than anyone else. Of course, for nearly everyone, enough money and a sense of purpose are an important component of being happy. But they aren’t the only thing that’s important: family, friends, hobbies, occasionally kicking back to watch some bad TV and eat an entire plate of cookies and, yes, washing the dishes… all of those are also important components to living a happy life for most people.
It’s almost as if dudes are people. Imagine that.