Think Work Is Stressful? For Many, It's More Relaxing Than Home

May 22, 2014 10:01 PM

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Think Work Is Stressful? For Many, It's More Relaxing Than Home

Many Americans say their jobs are stressful — we complain of too much to do in too little time, demanding bosses or difficult colleagues. But researcher Sarah Damaske wanted to know, objectively, is being at work any harder than being at home?

So Damaske, a professor of labor and employment at Pennsylvania State University, had 122 people swab their saliva six times a day for three days to test cortisol levels, a biological marker of stress. And she found something striking: The most relaxing part of most people's day is when they are on ...

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