We all, generally, want to be happy. So what’s the thing about our day that’s “most injurious to happiness?” According to David Brooks, it’s commuting– assuming it’s usually done in a car.
Jonah Lehrer, a contributing editor at Wired and author of Proust Was A Neuroscientist and How We Decide, added money to the equation. He wrote recently about the commute, happiness and money. He references a study that suggests that:
“a person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40 percent more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office.”
Well, you know that walking and biking– active transportation– takes the edge off a commute by making it rewarding, fun and healthy instead of it being an assault on happiness. And you know that it saves a pile of money (the average cost just to own and operate a car: $9,369 according to AAA).
With the commute-money-happiness connection reinforced once again (and with Bike Month coming right up), being happy can mean one simple decision: biking.