Exploring the relationship between the commuting experience and hedonic and eudaimonic well-being
place - asia, policy - sustainable, ridership - commuting
commuting, hedonic well-being, eudaimonic well-being, ustainable transport
Studies linking commuting and well-being have received increasing attention in the field of mobility and transport. However, most studies primarily focus on the relationship between commuting and hedonic well-being. Few studies have investigated the commuting experience and eudaimonic well-being. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to explore the relationship between the commuting experience and both hedonic and eudaimonic well-being, using Heze (China) as a case study. The results indicate that, first, educational attainment is related to hedonic well-being, and transport mode is related to both the commuting experience and hedonic well-being. Furthermore, we found that some combinations of individual characteristics and transport mode are related to the commuting experience and hedonic well-being, but none of them relates to eudaimonic well-being. In addition, there are strong positive correlations between the commuting experience and hedonic well-being, between the commuting experience and eudaimonic well-being, and between hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. We also found that commuting by public transport, walking and cycling is more likely to improve the quality of the commuting experience, and both hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. In terms of policy implications, policymakers and transport planners should, therefore, promote people’s well-being by prioritising the development of sustainable transport, and encouraging greater use of public transport and active travel.
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Liu, Q., Chen, C.-L., & Cao, M. (2021). Exploring the relationship between the commuting experience and hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Vol. 99, 103026.