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Study: Couple Who Share Household Chores More Likely to Divorce

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Please don’t shoot the messenger, but a new study just came out that says if you want a happy marriage, SHE needs to do the house work.

The study was done by Thomas Hansen in a new book called “Equality in the Home” and some of the things in this book completely fly in the face of a lot of marriages and division of household chores.

“One would think that break-ups would occur more often in families with less equality at home, but our statistics show the opposite…the more a man does in the home, the higher the divorce rate.”

If that’s the case, a lot of marriages are in trouble…including mine,  as I do quite a bit of the housework and really enjoy it.

There is a more calming note to this, the survey was done in Norway and quite frankly, has more in common with Britain than the USA. Meaning, this study was only done in Norway and it’s findings aren’t easily translated to the USA.

However, be aware, Mr. Hansen does bring up a valid point,

“The more you organise your relationship, the more you work out diaries and schedules, the more it becomes a business relationship than an intimate, loving spontaneous one.”

If you recall, a couple of weeks ago another study came out telling the story of how men felt more accomplished, if they did housework, so this study sounds a bit contradictory. The only thing that was similar was that when men did the housework, their wives were largely unmoved by the effort. However, men did find their lives were in more balanced and they felt less guilt, the reason for their feeling of accomplishment.

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