The more time and effort you put into something, the more satisfaction you get from finishing it. This is one of the reasons why some homeowners prefer to do DIY projects instead. However, having less time for yourself can lead to lower life satisfaction levels.
Evidence from a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) states that those who hired other people to finish household tasks for them were more satisfied with life.
Participants who experienced less time-related stress had higher levels of life satisfaction. They were able to avoid time-related stress by hiring others to do menial household tasks.
Skeptics would be correct to point out that this observation only applies to the well-to-do. The interesting thing, however, is that this pattern was observed in the majority of participants, regardless of their household income, marital status or the number of hours worked.
This observation contradicts another the adage that money can’t buy happiness. It is still true that no amount of money can buy happiness. But to a certain extent, how you use money can give you a certain level of life satisfaction. As seen with the participants, spending money to free up more time led to higher satisfaction.
But if this is the case, why then are some still reluctant to spend money to hire professional help? According to experts, one possible reason is that people are reluctant to trade in something more measurable like money for something that’s intangible like time. However, in light of new evidence, that’s no longer the case. Having and spending more time to relax has tangible benefits for your well-being.
If you’re thinking of hiring professional help for time-consuming tasks, why not start with the most important ones? Gutter cleaning is one of them. Keeping your gutters clean can help prevent moisture damage to your roof and siding.