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That “Dreaded” Commute Is Actually Good for Your Health

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 2021-05-20

Cover picture for the articleThe overarching narrative, up until now, has been that commuting is a bad thing. Studies show that longer commutes lead to decreased job satisfaction and increased risk of mental health issues, while shorter commutes have the opposite effect. But despite a year of working blissfully from home, our job satisfaction and general mental health have continued to deteriorate. Why? A part of this is the result of fewer in-person interactions and “Zoom fatigue.” But the authors believe it or not, misplacing our commutes has also made a contribution.

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