Commuting and wellbeing

A survey from the University of West England has looked at the correlation between the duration of our daily commute and our levels of ‘life satisfaction’ with some surprising, and not so surprising results

According to the survey, while people may endure a longer commute in order to improve their employment options, it’s not enough to compensate for the negative impact commuting can have on life satisfaction. Longer commutes lead to higher strain, less leisure time and, interestingly, lower job satisfaction.

Longer commutes by bus were linked only to lower satisfaction with leisure time availability, but registered no increased levels of strain and no reduction in job satisfaction. People with a longer walk to work experienced lower job satisfaction, and while rail users experienced similar results to bus users, shorter rail journeys were actually found to increase stress, largely because they are linked to over-crowded networks.

Click here to read the survey in full

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