Hubbies relax when their wives are doing the chores

Updated: May 20, 2011, 12:14 PM IST

London: Many women will get furious if they come to know when their spouses feel most happiness.

A new study has found that husbands relax best when their wives are doing the chores, reports the Daily Mail.

The Center for the Everyday Lives of Families at the University of California in Los Angeles came to the conclusion after spending two years studying 30 couples in Los Angeles testing their stress levels during the week and at the weekend.

Unsurprisingly they found wives relax when their husbands are helping out with the washing, cooking and cleaning, but men are most at ease when they have their feet up and their other halves are on domestic duty.

The study also found wives generally spend more of their ``free`` time at home doing housework, while their other halves spend more time indulging in their own hobbies.

In the study, conducted between 2004 and 2006, the researchers surveyed dual-earning couples in their early 40s who had been married for about 13 years.

They recorded more than 5,500 unique entries about a couples`` activities, classifying them in 13 different categories, and found men had lower stress levels when they had free time and their wives were doing household chores.

Lead author Darby Saxbe said men might find it quite rejuvenating relaxing when they know someone else is doing the work.

“It’s sort of like, if you know your spouse is helping the kids with homework or she’s over there folding laundry, you can really put your feet up,” She said.

The study was published in the current issue in the Journal of Family Psychology.