You’ll probably not be surprised to learn that your chosen method of schlepping to and from your place of work can have an effect on your overall mood. However, if you buy into the conventional wisdom that spending five hours a week locked in a human-stuffed metal cage in a dark tunnel under the ground must surely make you a bit of a grouch, you’d be bang wrong.
In fact, according to a new report by the Greater London Authority it turns out that those who do their commute by tube are happier than those who take the bus, cycle or travel on foot.
The report, which asked groups of respondents to score levels of personal anxiety, happiness and life satisfaction, also revealed that it’s the people who save £30 a week by walking to work who are least happy.
Cyclists are, unsurprisingly, London’s most anxious commuters, and also (in absolutely no shock to the city’s taxi drivers) the ones who feel their lives are most worthwhile.
In more deeply un-shocking news, Londoners scored themselves higher on anxiety and lower on happiness and life satisfaction than the rest of the country.
We prescribe a city-wide group hug and a visit to this adult-only ball pit.