Apparently visits from the inlaws are legitimately healthy, so if you don't go to the gym or your diet is horrendous... There's your quick fix, put the kettle on and give in-laws a buzz.
Nnew research from FedUni suggests that Meet the Fockers was not a scientifically accurate representation of visiting one’s relatives. A survey of 552 people across the nation found that in a majority cases they enjoyed benefits to their quality of life from hosting or visiting relatives. Whether or not any of those in-laws were former CIA agents like Robert De Niro's 'Jack Burns' sporting lie-detector kits remains to be seen.
“The research revealed that in general, people greatly treasured the opportunity to catch up with important people in their lives and create previous memories,” said Dr Elisa Backer, an Associate Professor of Tourism and Management at Federation University Australia.
Sure we feel the need to to complain about having to wear pants around the house when the in-laws come to visit, but their presence seems to have an overall positive impact. Also, it’s probably a good idea to wear pants anyway, particularly when signing for a delivery... not that I do.
Granted, not everyone surveyed reported positive experiences, they endured something quite different. “There were definitely cases that showed a reduction in quality of life, and there was a strong correlation between negative experiences and lack of space,” Dr Backer revealed. “For people who did not have the space, such as a spare bedroom, or adequate bathroom facilities to host visitors, stress and conflict arose.”
Which is fair warning to anyone living in a bachelor pad thinking of having the extended family over for the Christmas holidays. In that case, it will definitely be a stressful experience, and you probably won't get the New Years Eve after-dark activities you're interested in.