Here’s why. Dr. Koslowsky’s research found that it’s not the commute per se that is so stressful, that is, the time we spend in the car.
The real stress comes from the issue of control.
If you drive your own car to work, part of the reason you do it is to feel that you’re in control.
So if you get stuck in traffic, you feel that you have lost control of your commuting experience, which is where the stress comes in.
By taking public transportation, be it the train, streetcar, or bus, you have already given up control of your commute.
If you get stuck, then, you won’t be blaming yourself for the delay.
Nor will you be torturing yourself to solve the situation.