According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people who use “time-saving” services are generally happier than those who don’t.
Researchers asked participants in four countries — the United States, Canada, Denmark and the Netherlands — how much money they spent to have someone else take care of those tasks that they found unpleasant, reports Olga Khazan, including grocery shopping, housecleaning, and car services.
“About 28 percent of the respondents spent money in this way, spending about $147.95 each. Across countries and income levels, those who spent money to save time reported greater levels of life satisfaction,” notes Khazan.
Simply put, buying time made people feel less stressed, and thus, happier. Of course, it’s the purchaser who has enough cash to spend on such services who benefits most.
Time is money but interestingly, happiness increased only to a point, after which satisfaction dropped again. Apparently, we need to be able to take care of some tasks or we lose our mojo.