Cambridge University has some bad (or maybe good?) news for you…
Men who do more household chores are happier!
This seems impossible, but apparently there is some pretty good research to back up this claim. The Telegraph explains:
A study of men across seven countries found that those who shouldered a bigger share of domestic responsibilities had a better sense of wellbeing and enjoyed a better work-life balance.
But experts suggested that, while this may be partly because they felt less guilty, the main reason could be that they had simply learnt the secret of a quiet life.
They asked a bunch of men standard questions about their happiness and welling, including feeling “fulfilled” (ahh, the ever-elusive sensation of fulfillment!).
The researchers expected to find that where men shouldered more of the burden, women’s happiness levels were higher.
In fact they found that it was the men who were happier while their wives and girlfriends appeared to be largely unmoved.
Those men who did more housework generally reported less work-life conflict and were scored slightly higher for wellbeing overall.
What do you think contributes to this? Is it correlational (i.e. men who are already happy and fulfilled are the ones who tend to do more housework)? Or is it causational (i.e. the chores actually make the man happier)?
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