According to research from Happify, dads get an average of 28 hours for leisure activities every week, while moms get 25.

By Ellen Sturm Niz, an online website and mobile app which provides activities and games to improve emotional well-being, just debuted an awesome new infographic about "Why 'Me' Time Matters When It Comes to Your Happiness." I'm a huge believer in the importance of taking time for yourself away from the crazy things in life to focus on bettering yourself. And, yes, those crazy things sometimes include your kids.

According to Happify's research, dads get an average of 28 hours for leisure activities every week, while moms get 25. That sounds like a lot, but TV is considered a leisure activity, so I imagine many parents are phoning in their "me" time in front of the flatscreen.

Parents, let this infographic inspire you to take time for yourselves amidst the chaos of family and work life—and justify why it's necessary. "Me" time isn't selfish, it's one part of everything you should do to be emotionally and physically healthy, just like eating right, exercising, and getting enough sleep. You deserve it!

(And don't forget kids need "me" time, too. Unstructured activities boost little brains.)

Can't seem to find the hours? One mom found a solution by taking advantage of her "fringe hours," the little pockets of the day that many people waste without even realizing it. For example, people wait 45-60 minutes every day on average. Think of what you could be doing instead of playing Candy Crush!

Related: Slow Down Your Crazy-Busy Life

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Ellen Sturm Niz is a New York City-based editor and writer who uses her "me" time to dabble in arts & crafts. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.

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