The Happiness of Men and Women

Princeton economist Alan Krueger and four psychologists found that men and women dislike pretty much the same activities like paying bills, but one thing really stood out:

Men apparently enjoy being with their parents, while women find time with their mom and dad to be slightly less pleasant than doing laundry.

And there's more: for the first time, men are found to be happier than women.

... people are simply asked how satisfied they are with their overall lives. In the early 1970s, women reported being slightly happier than men. Today, the two have switched places.

An interesting article about who's happy and why at the NY Times: Link - via mentalfloss

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I'm a happy man too.

I'm also a 'chronic' overthinker. Have been told that my whole life. Heck, that's even my job - to analyze.

So, the claim the women 'overthink' too much, and men are just blissful, nonthinking animals, doesn't jibe with me.

As to my teasing earlier, well, I do beleive that there are many societal factors and other commenters mentioned. :)
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but men and women think just as much as each other.
what we focus on is the point. it seems that this is just a recent trend though, so perhaps we're all generally predisposed to be at a neutral state of happiness. it could be stress related, or just chance, i mean you wouldnt expect them to be exactly equal in happiness in a study would you
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I think one reason women may have been happier in the 70s was that in the dawn of "women's lib" women were basking in the "you've come a long way baby" mindset. However women gradually realized that while job and career opportunities did in fact open up for them they found that they still were expected to bear the burden of all (or 90 percent of) the responsibilities that "housewives" had -- not just housework and childcare but maintaining social relationships with parents and in-laws, brainstorming and buying all gifts for birthdays and holidays, and, if they're like me, pretty much all the responsibilities for house maintenance as well. (Not to mention kids' doctors and dentist appointments and fulfilling the expectation of benefitting their children by shuttling them to numerous enriching or sports activities.) Oh, and since we'd "won" the sexual revolution, women were simultaneously expected to be sexual playmates at the drop of a hat. That's a lot of pressure.
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