More to the point, what is healthy?
I have referenced my grandmother’s take on the hustle and bustle of the modern working world before. She used to talk of a gentler time, when people properly valued and savoured their leisure. A time when people would outsource whatever mundane household tasks they could afford. Apparently, it was not unusual in 1930s Ireland for a comfortable middle class family to have a maid, someone who would come in and cook part time, and certainly a gardener/handyman to do all the heavy lifting, again on a part-time basis.

Gran, who was a very astute woman, pointed out that she noticed lots of people in the modern era [she died in 1992] were still outsourcing. They would pay people to do those mundane tasks for them – but she thought it was more than a little strange that they did this so they would have the time to go out and work …

I came across this gem from Ellen Goodman recently:

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.