Study: Women Outdo Men in the Pursuit of Happiness

Women are happier than men — but only by 15 minutes a day.

That's the latest theory in a new analysis of how much pleasure we get out of life.

Both sexes enjoy watching television and hanging around the house. However, men have more "negative" time during their day, according to Social Policy Research Center fellow, Dr. Roger Patulny, from the University of New South Wales in Australia.

"If you add up all the times together — the good times and the bad times — men have about 10 minutes less time that they enjoy than women in a day and six minutes more time that they dislike," he said.

Both men and women liked their leisure — looking after children and voluntary work — but women did more of those pleasurable activities.

"Women tend to enjoy the things that they do with their time more than men do," Patulny said.

The biggest negative for women was housework: 90 minutes of it every day.

Men only did about 50 minutes of unenjoyable chores, but they also endured more "bad" time in paid work and commuting.

"Women seem happier," Patulny added.

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