While national surveys indicate that work is a source of stress and family conflict, taking time off the job may not be the key to relaxation. A recent study shows that people appear to feel less stress at work than they do at home.
Penn State researchers measured levels of cortisol - a biological marker of stress - of 122 men and women throughout the week. The researchers also asked participants how they felt throughout the study.
The finding: participants had lower cortisol levels during the work day than they did at home.
Parents and child-less adults and men and women felt more relaxed on the job. Also, women, especially those without children, reported being happier while at work.