Modern man (and woman) needs a Spartan Race to feel, well, spartan (sorry, the vocabulary choices here are limited, and I'm on maybe 4 hours of sleep).
Traditional man (and woman) need only to embrace his or her vocation with all its joys and sufferings.
Instead of barbed wire, he carves out a living (solo).
Instead of a marathon, she is open to life.
Instead of crawling through mud, they wade through diapers (sometimes decades of them).
But as far as joy is concerned -- its measure and amount, I'd wager my wages (which are dished out IN joy & not in dollars), traditional man (and woman) have more.