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Does Your Daily Commute Stress You Out? [POLL]

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New Jersey has the second highest percentage of “mega-commuters” at 14.8%. A “mega-commuter” is someone who travels over an hour to get to work on a daily basis.

Studies have shown that the longer a person’s commute is, the more it contributes to stress. Does this sound like you?

Check out this excerpt from Mike Frassinelli’s article today on NJ.com,

About a decade ago, Rich Wener studied the habits of hundreds of New Jersey commuters who traveled between 45 and 90 minutes by train to their jobs in Manhattan.

During the last 10 minutes of the trip, they were given a proofreading test and had a saliva sample taken to gauge their stress level. They had a harder time staying on task and had elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

“There seemed to be a linear relationship between the amount of time spent on the trip and the amount of stress,” said Wener, professor of environmental psychology at NYU-Poly, who commutes from Maplewood to Brooklyn. “The longer the commute, the worse the stress.”

Is your daily commute contributing to your stress? Take our poll and share how long your daily commute is in the comment section below.

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