Commuting to work can reduce happiness and increase anxiety

A new report has revealed that commuters tend to be less happier and suffer from more anxiety than Brits who lives closer to their place of work.

According to, the report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also found that those who commute to work have a lower life satisfaction and don't feel their daily activities are as worthwhile. In the study, commuters had to rate their feelings on a scale of zero-ten. On average, non-commuters rated their life satisfaction 0.14 points higher than those who have a long journey into work. Moreover, non-commuters also rated their happiness 0.19 points higher.

The length of time people have to travel to get into work makes a big difference, especially when it comes to anxiety, which increases with every minute of travel. On the other hand, personal wellbeing decreases with each minute of travel. Apparently, commuters feel worst when their journey takes between 61 and 90 minutes, reports

AA president, Edmund King, said that commuters should try to calm themselves before their journey, so they don't become even more stressed on the train or road.

"This research seems to back up the notion that many commuters hate the rat race to work no matter what the mode," he commented. "It also seems to suggest that those cocooned in their own personal space in the comfort of the car are less inclined to be miserable despite congestion, fuel costs and potholes."