Friday 19 January 2018

Willie Kealy: Happiness is... a walk to work or higher salary

If you find yourself in commuter hell every day then bring a good book and make the best of it, writes Willie Kealy

Commute comforts: An hour in the morning or evening to read or write or make phone calls if you're on the train or bus can not only be enjoyable but also beneficial
Commute comforts: An hour in the morning or evening to read or write or make phone calls if you're on the train or bus can not only be enjoyable but also beneficial
Willie Kealy

Willie Kealy

This can't be right, I thought. New research published by the Guardian last week suggests that those who live an hour's commute or more from their place of work need to earn an average of 40 per cent more than those who live within walking distance of the workplace to be satisfied with life.

If that is true, then everyone who lives outside the city and commutes is condemned to permanent unhappiness. Also, living in the country in itself makes you more unhappy than living in the city. But this is not just an urban/rural thing, apparently.

Unhappiness can fall upon those suburbanites who find themselves in heavy traffic day in, day out during rush hour. Now there might be something in that, though I would imagine you could get used to anything.

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