For most of us, our work day begins and ends in the car. That includes traffic jams, road rage, fender benders, and construction.
How toxic is your drive to and from work each day?
It’s estimated 10.8 million Americans deal with a daily commute.
The average commuter spends 50 minutes a day driving to and from work.
However, commuting takes its toll on more than your time and wallet. It has a significant impact on your well-being.
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index discovered the longer the commute, the higher levels of obesity, cholesterol, pain, fatigue, and anxiety.
Commuters actually experienced lower happiness and life satisfaction than non-commuters, according to Time.
However, the answer may not be trading in your car for a bus or bike.
Riding a bus for 30 minutes was associated with the lowest levels of life satisfaction and happiness.
Even if you’re lucky enough to bike to work, satisfaction levels take a nosedive depending on how long you spend doing it.