Recent research published in the Journal of Science and Medicine shows that stress levels in men and women are far lower at work than when they are at home – starkly contrasting common thought that work is the key source of stress in people’s lives.
Furthermore, the careful examination of the stress hormone, cortisol in a variety of workers also found that women tend to be the happiest at work, whilst men tend to be happier at home.
According to Sarah Damaske – a sociologist and women’s studies professor at Penn State University in the US – this big gender difference is linked to the added pressure many women face trying to juggle a career and family life.
“At work, people are potentially completing tasks. They’re able to focus their attention and accomplish things, both those with low and high incomes,” she said.
“They’re not multitasking. We tend to think that jobs are rewarding if...