Regardless of how stressful your job is or not, your daily commute is one big component that contributes to your overall stress index.
For the lucky few, sometimes their place of work is just a few minutes’ walk from their house. But there are those who sometimes spend two or even three hours commuting ONE WAY.
Watch how bad this man’s commute is.
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Just think about that. There are people in the world who spend nearly as much time traveling to and from work as they do working in the office. No wonder a lot of people are stressed these days! Of course, this type of situation is more prevalent in heavily urbanized areas. Then again, that’s usually where the money is and that’s why a lot of people tend to flock to the big cities and create more traffic.
Of course, with so many stressed-out people crammed into a small area, commuting can become a crazy experience in and of itself.
One telemarketer from Rio de Janeiro named Daniel Da Paixao bore witness to just how crazy commuting can be when he was riding the subway while on his way to work.
As the train approached the Alvorada station in the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, would-be commuters inexplicably started hitting the train’s windows with their fists. As the doors opened, the swarm of commuters poured into the train, nearly tripping over themselves as they tried to secure a seat in the rapidly filling train.
While such a scene may shock a typical Western commuter, it was business as normal for Daniel and he even found it amusing in its own way.
The 26-year-old said: “This happens every day of the week, from Monday to Friday.
“People are desperate to get on the bus because there isn’t enough space for everyone.
“Almost every day there is some sort of accident, I’ve seen many people getting injured.”
Interestingly enough, a study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that the sweet spot when it comes to commuting is around 45 minutes of commute time. Any more than that and people start to feel stressed about their commute but what’s interesting is that people who live closer to their place of work are willing to extend their commute time as long as it means they’ll be living in a better neighborhood.