I’ve got this theory…Bike Commuters are happier people. I figured that out after talking to one of the guys at the shop. He started telling me how he feels burnt out, and depressed about life. As I tried to comfort the guy about his situation, it dawned on me why he feels the way he does. Now I’m no Psycho-mo-cologist, but I said to him “maybe the reason why you feel so sad is because you haven’t ridden your bike in a while…” Sure enough he told me that the last time he rode was back in March.
If I learned anything in my health and science classes in college, I learned that endorphins are released into our body and into our brain causing us to feel no pain and have a feeling of well being. I do remember how scientists have compared endorphins to have the same effects of opiate drugs.
With that in mind, could it be possible that the fact we ride our bikes as much as we can have made us happier and more energized than the folks that drove in?
Going back to my buddy at the shop. I told him that anytime I feel down about myself or life in general, I get on my bike and let my worries roll with the wheels. When I do that, I am able to deal with my situations with a clearer mindset and in a rational view point. Maybe this whole idea that bike commuters are happier people is true. All I know is that when I show up to the office after my ride, I actually have to tone it down because I’m so much more alert and chipper compared to the folks that drove in with a cup of Starbucks in their hands.
To prove my point true, read this article.