Breaking news from the realm of awesomeness. Guess what a new study suggests is linked to male happiness and contentment? Bigger paycheck? Faster car? Boobies?
Nope. According to this article, “an intriguing new study suggests that men are happier and less stressed when they do more of the housework.” The authors designed the study to test their hypothesis that doing more of the housework would make men less happy. (Many men find housework demeaning, apparently – since it’s ladybusiness.) But instead they found the opposite was the case.
We can’t say for sure, of course, what explanatory factors underlie these results, but the authors of the study speculate: “Men who leave the chores to women may be subject to more complaints than men who do their share of home chores.” (Though you’ve got to worry a little about the gender-norms implicit in this explanation – i.e., dudes are happier if they can finally get some peace from that relentlessly nagging woman of theirs!) And also, perhaps more interestingly, the authors comment: “It is also plausible that some men want a more equitable role in the home and their well-being is reduced when the pressure of their jobs gets in the way.” (Though if I had to speculate about the correlation between housework and happiness based on the experience of my own household, it would be something more like: men enjoy the intense feelings of moral superiority they get from having done the dishes THE RIGHT WAY.) Whatever the explanation, though, the results are interesting.
Get scrubbing, gentlemen! We only care about your happiness.
(Thanks for the tip, J!)