Walking or cycling to work has been shown to reduce feeling of worthlessness and unhappiness.  The University of East Anglia and the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) studied 18 years worth of data in Britain-that is almost 18,000 commuters aged 18-65.  The more time commuters spent in cars the worse their psychological well-being with the converse true for walkers-the longer the walk to work the better their mental health.  Commuters using buses and trains also had better mental health than car drivers, it is believed that the social interaction and time to relax and read as well as the walk to the bus stop or train station contributed to their improved psychological health. The walk or cycle will also have physical benefits and along with using public transport you can reduce your carbon footprint-good for you and good for the planet!

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