Commuting is widely regarded as a test of patience. New research, however, suggests for some commuting calms the nerves. Commuters are less physiologically stressed after their drive to work than before, according to research at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta.


Researchers measured cortisol, a hormone related to stress, in the saliva of 12 college staff before, immediately after and one hour following their commutes.


The preliminary research suggests that while some were more anxious after their drive, others enjoy the private time and use it to prepare for the workday or unwind on the way home.