Measures of a sustainable commute as a predictor of happiness

Scott Cloutier, Alex Karner, Hanna Breetz, Parinaz Toufani, Nuri Onat, Sambhram Patel, Siddhanth Paralkar, Erica Berejnoi, Beth Ann Morrison, Jason Papenfuss, A. Davieau Briggs, Cynthia Carlson

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The ways in which we travel-by what mode, for how long, and for what purpose-can affect our sense of happiness and well-being. This paper assesses the relationships between measures of the sustainability of transportation systems in U.S. metropolitan areas and subjective well-being. Associations between self-reported happiness levels from the Gallup Healthways Well-being Index and commute data were examined for 187 core-based statistical areas (CBSA). We also supplement this quantitative analysis through brief case studies of high- and low-performing happiness cities. Our quantitative results indicate that regions with higher commute mode shares by non-automobile modes generally had higher well-being scores, even when controlling for important economic predictors of happiness. We also find that pro-sustainable transportation policies can have implications for population-wide happiness and well-being. Our case studies indicate that both high and low scoring happiness cities demonstrate a dedicated commitment to improving sustainable transportation infrastructure. Our study suggests that cities that provide incentives for residents to use more sustainable commute modes may offer greater opportunity for happiness than those that do not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1214
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 13 2017

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Keywords

  • Happiness
  • Subjective well-being
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Transportation

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Measures of a sustainable commute as a predictor of happiness. / Cloutier, Scott; Karner, Alex; Breetz, Hanna; Toufani, Parinaz; Onat, Nuri; Patel, Sambhram; Paralkar, Siddhanth; Berejnoi, Erica; Morrison, Beth Ann; Papenfuss, Jason; Briggs, A. Davieau; Carlson, Cynthia.

In: Sustainability (Switzerland), Vol. 9, No. 7, 1214, 13.07.2017.

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Cloutier, S, Karner, A, Breetz, H, Toufani, P, Onat, N, Patel, S, Paralkar, S, Berejnoi, E, Morrison, BA, Papenfuss, J, Briggs, AD & Carlson, C 2017, 'Measures of a sustainable commute as a predictor of happiness', Sustainability (Switzerland), vol. 9, no. 7, 1214. https://doi.org/10.3390/su9071214
Cloutier, Scott ; Karner, Alex ; Breetz, Hanna ; Toufani, Parinaz ; Onat, Nuri ; Patel, Sambhram ; Paralkar, Siddhanth ; Berejnoi, Erica ; Morrison, Beth Ann ; Papenfuss, Jason ; Briggs, A. Davieau ; Carlson, Cynthia. / Measures of a sustainable commute as a predictor of happiness. In: Sustainability (Switzerland). 2017 ; Vol. 9, No. 7.
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