5 reasons why a long commute on public transport isn’t a total disaster (and how it can be useful).

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I have been moaning about the commute for years. When I started my job last year I’d leave the house at 6:20 to catch 3 trams across town to work and then do the same back in the evening. My total commute door-to-door was 3 hours. 3 hours on a sweat infested tube pressed up against grey faced commuters. I was one of them.

I couldn’t do it anymore and so I moved my family to the other side of the city and suddenly my commute was cut to a 35 minute pleasant walk each way. I could get the bus and it would take 15 minutes but honestly, I enjoy walking.

A year later and my move (and my job) hasn’t worked out and while I haven’t handed in my resignation yet, I have just moved into a new apartment near where I used to live and so on Monday it’s back to the same old commute.

I decided to research the effects of long commutes on wellbeing and according to The Guardian people who travel by tram (and underground) we’re most like to be anxious while those with commutes of between an hour and 90 minutes have the least life satisfaction (closely followed by my 3 hour commute).

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Credit: The Guardian (link)

These stats made for grim reading with my imminent return to the long commute. Last week I found myself on the commute while on the way to pick up the keys to my new apartment.

As I stared vacantly out the window watching the trees and houses race by, I began to think up ways in which being trapped in a confined space for a lengthy period could be a good thing.

Here are the 5 reasons I came up with as to why a long commute isn’t the end of the world:

Having written that list I already feel more positive about Monday morning. Why don’t you put into practice some of these points and see if you too can begin to find some usefulness in your daily commute.

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