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Get Happy! Study Says Hiring a Maid and Buying More Takeout Is the Key

posted: 08/01/17
by: Amanda Mushro
a group of young friends sit on the sofa and share a chinese take away meal , chatting and laughing with each other as they use their chopsticks to eat .
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Forget meditation and inner peace, a new study says that you can find happiness but it will cost you the price of a clean house and someone else making your dinner.

According to a new study, researchers found that to be happier in our day-to-day lives, we should be paying others to do the tasks we don't like. Even though we are capable of completing these tasks, like cleaning our homes and making meals, paying others to do these chores for us will help us feel less stressed and more satisfied with life. On the days you are busy with work, your family, and all of your other responsibilities, paying for someone to complete the tasks that feel daunting to us, allows us more time to relax and feel happier.

During the study, researchers talked to thousands of people from the United States, Denmark, Canada, and the Netherlands. These participants were surveyed about money spent on well-being and time-saving purchases: calling a cab rather than driving, hiring a housekeeper, ordering takeout for dinner, or paying someone to run errands for them. Participants who made more of these purchases reported "greater life satisfaction" than those who did not.

So does money buy happiness? Turns out, it might. "Around the world, increases in wealth have produced an unintended consequence: a rising sense of time scarcity," write the authors of the study. "We provide evidence that using money to buy time can provide a buffer against this time famine, thereby promoting happiness." So using money to hire someone to complete tasks makes you happier than using your funds to buy items in a store, says the study.

The study notes the financial status of those that participated in the study did not impact the results of who outsources tasks.

But what if your family doesn't have the budge in the budget to hire a housekeeper or to spend money on takeout? One option might be to see what funds you can allocate and choose one that would bring you the happiness. So while you would love to have a housekeeper every week, maybe once a month works for your budget. Several nights of takeout might not work for you, but ordering pizza every Friday night might be an option. Whatever brings you happiness and doesn't break the bank, we say--go for it!

 

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