Newspapers recently published a study by two economists from the University of British Columbia which confirmed the age-old perception that people are happier on weekends and holidays than on weekdays.John F. Helliwell and Shun Wang found that Americans enjoyed more, laughed more, worried less and got less angry on weekends. One reason for this was that people got more time to spend with family and friends on weekends. Interestingly, the study found that men were happier than women on weekends.
I am sure, the results of the study will be universally true. In fact, the effect of weekends is so obvious that no study is required to confirm it. Who will not like to get away from the drudgery of work? Who will not like to come out of the monotony of routine - day after day from Monday to Friday? Who is not tired of looking at the face of a boss who behaves as if the weight of the whole world is on him or her?
I am not surprised that men are happier than women on weekends. This would be specially true for India. Husbands look forward to weekends to watch tons of TV and gulp dish after dish. Whatever spare time they have, they spend in sleeping. Poor wives keep working in the kitchen the whole of weekends and helplessly watch their husbands ceaselessly eating, watching TV and littering the house. On weekends, their husbands hardly have any time for them. On top of it, they have neither the time nor the opportunity to watch their favourite serials.
For working women, weekends are likely to be much more taxing than for housewives. They may be working much more than they do on weekdays.
I am sure, the wives would be eagerly waiting for Mondays to arrive. There are no Monday blues for them.