“Overslept, so tired.
If late, get fired.
Why bother? Why the pain?
Just go home, do it again.”
--The Commuter’s lament inscribed in New York City’s 42nd Street Station
Daily commute seemed to be the bane of our existence till the pandemic bonded us to our homes.
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”Rituals are friction, they slow us down. They’re so antithetical to most of our life, which is all about efficiency and speed.”
“You get a very strong feeling of two lives with the train as a bridge.” - Gail Sheehy (1968)
The journey to work is often more stressful than the work itself. Surveys and studies have found that commuting is people’s least favorite activity. But now, with many of us at home and commutes on pause, we realize that it served a purpose.
In the past decade and a half, professors have begun to wonder if interacting with strangers could be good for us too: not as a replacement for close relationships, but as a complement to them. The results of that research have been striking. Again and again, studies have shown that talking with strangers can make us happier, more connected to our communities, mentally sharper, healthier, less lonely, and more trustful and optimistic.
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