Commuting to college, work, or virtually anywhere on this planet has been a constant struggle for many but has now been scientifically proven to improve your mood! According to a study called, "Commuting Life," directed by its principal investigator (PI) Dr. David Bissell at the Australian National University (ANU) of the Sociology Department, "Public transport can be an especially valuable space for being with other people. It can help prevent social isolation." The study is primarily focused on the life of commuters and stakeholders located in Sydney, Australia.
As a commuter, people are exposed to increased methods of social interaction which is a must to live a socially, enriching life. You may make new friends along the way! Recently, I made a new friend while taking an Uber and the ride was much more enjoyable due to having a companion with me. So, there's no doubt that commuting introduces you to our world's diversity and ultimately does indeed uplift your mood.
Despite commuting being a significant hassle in people's everyday lives, there are surprisingly some subtle benefits to it. Bissell also underpins the idea of managing daily stress levels as well as cultivating a strengthened bond with colleagues and family. As Bissell asserts, "Commuting to and from work creates subtle but significant transformations in people over time: transformations to the way people act towards others; what they desire from their work and home life; their tolerances levels and what they can cope with; and their habits of thinking and feeling." These are some of the potential results you may expect during your next commute if you still view it as nothing but a pain in the ass!
The research also highlights how the perceptions of people towards the idea of commuting, in general, are subject to change and their eventual liking towards their city over time. You never know how much you may end up enjoying your commute to and from work if you find someone along the way to simply talk to. On the other hand, you may have a friend or family member join you on your commutes to make life a bit easier. So the next time you feel a bit apprehensive regarding your commute, remember that having a partner or a group of people with you will double the joy of commuting!