Study: Happier People Bike To Work

Biking to work won’t make you love or hate your job any more or less. But you’ll be a happier person, according to researchers.

By Jon Luman

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Maybe it’s time to grease up the chain on your rusty Huffy. Scientists from Clemson University monitored more than 13,000 subjects about their moods during various types of transportation. Their research was published in a journal you’ve never heard of — Transportation — and revealed that those who rode their bikes to work were far happier than those who took the bus or train. Coming in second on the mood scale (did we just make that up?) car passengers. Those who drove solo to work got the bronze.

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So why are bikers so chipper? Surprisingly it’s not because of how good it feels when the bike seat rubs against their inner thighs. One hypothesis is that cyclists tend to be younger and in shape. Well, so long as they avoid doing this …

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