Everyone I work with is shocked that I chose to move where I did because it means commuting over an hour into work. That said, I heard a big predictor of happiness is commute time, so you probably have the right idea!
I'm actually on the fence about that! If I'm taking public transit, there's sort of a dual-edged blade with that. Oftentimes I feel uncomfortable on public transit, but in theory it frees me up to read a book or something else I'd otherwise do in my free-time anyway. If that's the case, I feel I could handle a long commute. Even if I'm driving, I suppose I could listen to good music (which I hardly ever do on my own) or a podcast, or an audiobook!
Absolutely! I'm on public transit and am usually reading a book while listening to music. Sometimes a podcast (that's what I did this morning).
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