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Happiness and Satisfaction with work commute
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Service Research Center. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, The Service and Market Oriented Transport Research Group.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6570-6181
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, The Service and Market Oriented Transport Research Group.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, The Service and Market Oriented Transport Research Group. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Psychology. Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Service Research Center.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7475-680X
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2013 (English)In: Social Indicators Research, ISSN 0303-8300, E-ISSN 1573-0921, Vol. 111, no 1, 255-263 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Research suggests that for many people happiness is being able to make the routines of everyday life work, such that positive feelings dominate over negative feelings resulting from daily hassles. In line with this, a survey of work commuters in the three largest urban areas of Sweden show that satisfaction with the work commute contributes to overall happiness. It is also found that feelings during the commutes are predominantly positive or neutral. Possible explanatory factors include desirable physical exercise from walking and biking, as well as that short commutes provide a buffer between the work and private spheres. For longer work commutes, social and entertainment activities either increase positive affects or counteract stress and boredom. Satisfaction with being employed in a recession may also spill over to positive experiences of work commutes.

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2013. Vol. 111, no 1, 255-263 p.
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Samhällskunskap; Business Administration; Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-13281DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0003-2ISI: 000314338700014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-13281DiVA: diva2:525441
Available from: 2012-05-08 Created: 2012-05-08 Last updated: 2015-12-29Bibliographically approved

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