I just got an email from Jens who works at DSA, a Danish trade union where I did a happiness workshop some months ago.
Jens writes that he has focused on happiness at work, but has also been trying to create some happiness in his daily train commute to work.
One morning the train conductor announced on the loudspeaker that “If you have any questions just let me know when I come through the train.”
When she passed me, I said I’d like to ask her something. “Sure,” she said, “go right ahead.”
So I showed her my phone, pointed at it and said “If I have an X and a C in Wordfeud, which word can I write?”
She was completely flummoxed, and literally turned once around herself on the spot. Then she said “THAT I don’t know” and left while the 10 nearest passengers cracked up. She was laughing too.
The next morning she’d changed the wording of her announcement to “If you have any questions about the journey…”
Both days it was a riot and I felt completely ready for my workday and my clients – even the negative ones :-)
Way to go, Jens. That’s some great commuter happiness right there.
This is interesting because studies show that long commutes are bad for you:
One in three employees with a commute longer than 90 minutes say they have had recurring neck or back pain within in the past 12 months. Just about the same amount say they have been diagnosed with high cholesterol…
The study shows a strong correlation between obesity and the length of your commute…
Employees with long commutes experienced lower levels of enjoyment and higher levels of fatigue and worry than employees with short commutes.
Have you ever introduced some happiness in your daily commute? How did you do it? Write a comment, I’d love to hear your story.