While Moms may get more attention on Mother's Day, Dads tend to enjoy their holiday more, according to a recent study. "Even though fathers celebrate less, and with fewer people, they're happier," says study author Nicole Gilbert, who recently received a master's degree in psychology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
In a study of 53 families, Gilbert found that mothers rated their holiday as less enjoyable than fathers do. On a scale from one to five, mom's rated their holiday at 4.27, and dads rated theirs at 4.6.
On average, families spend 3.5 hours celebrating Father's Day, two hours less than they do on Mother's Day. They are less likely to receive a present or be taken out for dinner. "Dads don't seem to make a big deal of the day," suggests Gilbert. Also, she notes, mothers often have higher expectations for their holiday, so they feel let down if the day goes awry. Or dads may feel that getting time off may be enough reward.
Gilbert also suggests that we should avoid getting flowers for mom and a tie for dad. "What would your father enjoy as an individual?" she asks. Gilbert is giving her father, who happens to have a green thumb, a Hibiscus plant.