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Buying Services That Save Time Could Make You Happier

'Consider buying [your] way out of unpleasant experiences'

(Newser) - If you scrub your own toilets and fold your own clothes, and you've just never found a way to enjoy it, this study's for you. Researchers at Harvard Business School and the University of British Columbia report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that buying... More »

Girls Saddled With Far More Chores Than Boys

Worldwide, they spend 40% more time on them than boys

(Newser) - In every corner of the world girls do more housework than boys, and this gender gap starts young and only widens with age. So reports UNICEF in a global analysis that finds girls on average spend 40% more time on household chores than do boys, and that this amounts to... More »

Gay Couples Are Doing This Better

They're better at sharing chores

(Newser) - In traditional, opposite-sex relationships, most women still do the vast majority of chores—regardless of how many hours they work or how much money they make. But for same-sex couples, where there isn't the traditional gender-based division of labor to fall back on, the chores are more often shared... More »

Women Who Make More Still in Charge of Chores

No matter how many hours they work, women are doing the bulk of work

(Newser) - It doesn't matter how much they work or how much they are paid—women still do the vast majority of the housework. This according to a study published in the journal Work, Employment and Society . It was a small one: 36 partnered women and 12 partnered men were interviewed;... More »

In Marriage, Short Guys Keep the Girl

New research shows they get divorced at vastly lower rates

(Newser) - The short guy doesn't always get the girl, but when he does, he usually gets to keep her. So says a new study in the National Bureau of Economic Research , which found that short guys, defined as those shorter than 5-foot-7, are about 18% less likely to marry than... More »

Spain May Make Its Kids Do Chores

Proposed legislature also includes mandate to 'respect teachers'

(Newser) - Is it a daily battle to get your kids to do their chores? You may want to move to Spain, where parliament on Friday approved a bill that would make children legally obliged to do housework—and more, BBC News reports. If the bill becomes law, those under the age... More »

Women, Stop Doing Your Chores

Women have to accept dirt to get real equality: Stephen Marche

(Newser) - Women, it's time to leave a nice big mess. That the conclusion of Stephen Marche, who grieves the fact that most US domestic duties still fall on women, and men are doing about the same amount of housework they did in 1985. If this can't be solved, let'... More »

Chores Make Men Happier

Men who help around the house have better sense of well-being: study

(Newser) - Researchers at Cambridge University may have just discovered the secret to happiness, at least for men: Do more chores. Men from seven European countries were found to have an improved sense of well-being and work-life balance, as well as less work-life conflict, if they helped more around the house, the... More »

Women Spend 3 Hours a Week Re-Doing Men's Chores

Survey shows men trying more, but not doing so well

(Newser) - Men may be helping out around the house more than ever before, but that's not necessarily making life easier for the women in their lives. In fact, women spend three hours each week re-doing the chores that the men have done badly, according to a new survey of 2,... More »

Tired of Chores, Boy Calls Cops

German kid calls police hotline to report 'forced labor'

(Newser) - A young person who called the police emergency hotline in Germany to report an appalling case of forced servitude didn't find much sympathy at the other end. The caller was an 11-year-old boy complaining about his chores, telling authorities "I have to work all day long. I haven'... More »

In a Relationship, 'We' Means 'You'

Too many couples take the semantic easy way out

(Newser) - One member of a couple will often suggest that “we” do something, but that’s not what she—oh, yes, it's usually she—is really saying, and it’s not helpful, Beth Teitell writes. ‘‘We’ has turned into an order. It’s morphed from the first person... More »

Not Stressed Enough? Potty Train Your Cat

But dis is where kitteh drinkz from, concerned felines meow

(Newser) - Anne Marie Chaker has joined a small but growing number of cat owners intent on using specialized equipment to complete an almost Sisyphean task: potty training their feline friends. Products on the market are selling much better this year than in the past, and they all work pretty much the... More »

Domesticated Swedes Make Best Husbands

Brits, Americans land in top 5 on 'egalitarian index'; Aussies last

(Newser) - Swedish men make the best husbands, while Australian men, preferring beer and sports over housework, rank lowest on an “egalitarian index” outlined in a study of 12 developed nations. Domestic roles carry less stigma in egalitarian societies, one researcher tells the Telegraph, “so the likelihood of forming a... More »

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