Trumpeted a recent article in the Columbus Dispatch which proudly reported that Columbus fared well in a recent Forbes Magazine survey of most stressed out cities. We finished 5th--only Minneapolis, Portland, Milwaukee, Boston are LESS stressful cities to live in.
It's pretty sad that researchers are even measuring this.
You might ask, "How the hell do they measure a city's stress level?" Well, in this case the researchers examined six metrics, including the unemployment rate, time spent at the office, 3 health-related factors dealing with exercise and access to health care AND COMMUTE TIMES
Very interesting. I'm betting the commutes referenced in the study are via cars, not via bikes (since everyone knows bike commuting relieves stress). But to include commutes as a major factor determining a city's stress level is very telling and points to the obvious solution--get on a bike!
I think it's also interesting that 2 of the cities ahead of us in the study, Minneapolis and Portland, are the cities leading the pedaling revolution in the U.S. (FYI, Minneapolis recently unseated Portland as the bicycle capital of the U.S.)
So, one more reason to become a twowheeler--CHILL!