The researchers analyzed data from about 18,000 people in England who responded to questions about their welfare (if they experienced feelings of worthlessness, sadness or suffered sleepless nights in recent weeks). Based on this survey, researchers valued the comfort level of the participants.
People who were walking or cycling to work had a higher level of welfare. Who would drive to work had 13 percent more likely to feel constantly under pressure and unable to concentrate.
The results remained even after taking into account factors that could affect the well-being, such as income level, general health and have children or not.
It is noteworthy that people who switched from driving to walking or cycling to work tended to experience an improvement in welfare.
The results are in line with previous research linking exercise with improved mood.
The potential benefits of walking or biking to work should be taken into account when urban planning is done to promote active commuting (as Valenbisi projects in the city of Valencia).
The study also found that people who use public transport also have a higher level of welfare than those who were driving to work.
According to the researchers, although one might think that the delays or the crowded public transport could be stressful, but buses and trains allow you to relax, read or just socialize and generally, there is usually a short walk associated with their use .
Photography: "Gauchetière Street, pedestrian section (take 2), Montreal 2005-10-21". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.