Take the Dubai Metro to be happier

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By Huda Tabrez, Community Web Editor  www.gulfnews.com

Using your car might give you a greater sense of control, but taking the Metro gives you more confidence to reach your destination without an accident, according to Dr Raymond H. Hamden, a clinical and forensic psychologist with Human Relations Institute in Dubai Knowledge Village.

    *  Using your car might give you a greater sense of control, but taking the Metro gives you more confidence to reach your destination without an accident, Dr Raymond H. Hamden says.     * Image Credit: Supplied
* Using your car might give you a greater sense of control, but taking the Metro gives you more confidence to reach your destination without an accident, Dr Raymond H. Hamden says. * Image Credit: Supplied

If you’ve been taking the Metro to and from work, chances are your general stress levels are lower and your family is happier.

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Using your car might give you a greater sense of control, but taking the Metro gives you more confidence to reach your destination without an accident, according to Dr Raymond H. Hamden, a clinical and forensic psychologist with Human Relations Institute in Dubai Knowledge Village.

He said: “Psychologically, people who venture in a less stressful environment are people who are more relaxed, calm and therefore find a sense of happiness in their daily schedule and activity.”

He added that using the Metro would offer people more time to get work done on their phones or laptops. If not, you could always attend to personal work, like making phone calls, or make friends with other commuters.

As more stations continue to be opened, the Metro has become more accessible. Dr Hamden felt that this would directly result in an increasing number of people using the Metro for business as well as personal purposes.

“Another aspect of taking the Metro is the walking distance between the drop-off point of the public transport to the office and home, which is healthy both physically and psychologically,” Dr Hamden added.

“We know from positive health psychology research that when people walk frequently, it actually re-balances chemicals in their bodies, lending to a calm and relaxed feature. This relieves a person from depression, anxiety as well as general stress.”