Americans with longer commutes suffer higher levels of back pain, higher cholesterol, and higher levels of obesity.
After surveying 173,581 employed Americans over the past year, a recent Gallup-Healthway's survey has concluded that American workers with lengthy commutes are more likely to report a range of adverse physical and emotional conditions, leading to lower overall scores on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.
Those Americans who commute more worry more, experience less enjoyment, and feel less well-rested.
Richard Florida summizes this well noting that "Commuting is a health and psychological hazard. It’s time to put commuting right beside smoking and obesity on the list of priorities for improving the health and well-being of Americans."
The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index has been developed to provide the official measure for health and well-being. It's the voice of Americans and the most ambitious effort ever undertaken to measure what people believe constitutes a good life.
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