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Apparently, Spending Time With Friends Makes You Happier Than Family Time

Isn't that something?
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Through time, we've been told to cherish our family and friends. No one, however, tells you to pick one over the other. A new study says our happiness lies with just one group, and that's our friends.

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According to the Southern Methodist University, spending time with your family (AKA your kids and spouse) just isn't that good as being with your friends. Don't worry, we'll keep your secret.

400 participants were surveyed to come up with the results. And, researchers found that people reported higher levels of well-being when they're with friends. The study says that while people typically do (most) same things with their romantic partners and friends—such as socializing, relaxing, and eating—hanging out with friends came with a lot less housework.

"Our study suggests that this doesn't have to do with the fundamental nature of kith versus kin relationships," he said. "When we statistically controlled for activities, the 'mere presence' of children, romantic partners, and friends predicted similar levels of happiness. Thus, this paper provides an optimistic view of family and suggests that people genuinely enjoy their romantic partners and children."

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Even though that's settled, it's still best to keep that bit of information away from your significant other. Unless you want to sleep on the couch, that is.

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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