Tuesday Oct 02, 2007

First a Wage Gap....Now a Happiness Gap?

A colleague from California passed along a link to an Economist blog entry re: Women and Happiness.  

Research is showing that women are less happy than men.   I find this intersting and decided to click some of the links in the entry to read more. 

Of particular interest to me was the comment in a NY Times article ('He's Happier, She's Less So') that "there appears to be a growing happiness gap between men and women."

According to the research, women aren't necessarily working more than 30-40 yrs ago - we are just doing different kinds of work. Less homemaker-type of work and more career/business work.

But many of us still have to do homemaker-type work - aka: housework -  on top of our career business work -- this is what is making so many of us unhappy.   It's like they say, "A woman's work is never done."

Bottom line (at least to me), is that we need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves (Yes! That's easier said than done, I guess.)  Goes back to the need to 'have it all.'  Which apparently is taking a priority over our need for happiness.   

First a wage gap, now a happiness gap --- I'm going to keep reading about this to see if there is any research that ties the two gaps together.  

I wonder which gap we can close first? (And how long it will take?)

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