Sunday, May 29, 2011
Divorce rates higher in couples with long commutes
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey found that the average commute from home to work is 23 minutes. Only 3% of U.S. workers commutes for more than an hour each day. That may seem like a small number but 3.5 million Americans are extreme commuters logging in over 90 minutes each way. Those who do report long commutes are more likely to complain of neck or back pain, high cholesterol and obesity. The emotional states with negative emotions are also higher in people who commute longer.
Many folks endure these commutes in order to buy homes that they can afford. Now with the housing meltdown, perhaps couples will re-think their lives and find a place closer to work. The money saved on commuting and the time saved could turn out to be a true win.
Also think of the money saved by NOT re-entering the dating scene after the divorce.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:05 PM