An ode to the robotic vacuum cleaner

In the field of happiness studies, also known as positive psychology, the general consensus is that greater happiness is obtained from pursuing experiences and social connections than obtaining material things. The reason being that although a pair of shoes upon puchase, for example, can make a person near euphoric it is only temporary due to our human ability for environmental adjustments.  Think first hot shower after a camping trip compared to the same hot shower several days later.  

Yet here I am, years later still stealing happy adoring glances at my robotic vacuum cleaner and I know exactly why.

In America, working women spend hours more each day on domestic chores and care taking than their working boyfriends or husbands. Hours that could and should be freed up for other pursuits if those domestic tasks do not bring joy or satisfaction. Vacuuming does neither for me.  So I did not just buy myself a material object I bought myself time and that extra time I treasure as I treasure the dust free floors I return home to every single day!

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got." 
—Janis Joplin


(This post was originally published on Professional Women's Perspectives - Gender observations from a working life)


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