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“People who spent money to buy themselves time, such as by outsourcing disliked tasks, reported greater overall life satisfaction,” said Ashley Whillans, an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School and lead author of the study, which was based on a series of surveys from several countries. Researchers did not see the same effect when people used money for material goods.
The late Jim Roden, the founder of Prochem, told me this in 1980:
"All a consumer is doing when they hire a cleaner is buying back their personal time. If you look at it that way, what cleaners do is priceless."
Jim Roden was way ahead of his time. That man was the most influential man in my life, other than my father. I still miss him.