IN THE MEDIA: Waterloo report finds commuting is even worse than you thought

Thursday, October 30, 2014

You probably know that commuting increases time pressures, as people have time siphoned from their already busy lives for travelling between home and work. But it may come as a bit of a surprise to learn that commuting is related to lower satisfaction with life.

That finding comes out of research by Margo Hilbrecht, a professor at the University of Waterloo and associate director of research for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. She has another tantalizing finding: The impact of commuting on life satisfaction is less profound for those who partake in physical leisure. But social leisure, meeting with friends or catching up on Facebook, doesn’t have the same mitigating effect.

Read full story "Commuting is even worse than you thought" by Harvey Schacter in The Globe and Mail. 

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