Your Car May Be Making You Miserable

driving and depressionA recent study has claimed that people who take public transport to work could be happier and even sleep better than those who drive in.

When carrying out the survey, researchers found that car commuters were 13% more likely to feel under constant strain or unable to relax compared to those who got the train or bus.

 It is thought that the main reason behind this is because the exercise taken to walk to the bus stop or train station and then the relaxation while travelling helps people to feel better. These results tie in with a previous study which found that switching from a car to public transport helped people to lose weight and become physically healthier.

Lead Researcher, Adam Martin commented:

“You might think that things like disruption to services or crowds of commuters might have been a cause of considerable stress. However, as buses and trains also give people time to relax, read, socialise and there is usually an associated walk to the bus stop or railway station, it appears to cheer people up.”

The research was carried out on 18,000 workers in the UK and was published in the journal, Preventative Medicine. The journal concluded:

“This view complements existing evidence of a negative association between driving and physical health and is consistent with the hypothesis that car driving, a non-native travel mode that requires constant concentration, can give rise to boredom, social isolation and stress. However, this view is also consistent with the hypothesis that intrinsic enjoyment is gained from the exercise or relaxation associated with active travel.”

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