Commuting used to be a prominent source of stress in my life. Driving in a crowded urban area led me to countless experiences of conflict, rage, and cortisol spikes. No matter what intention I set before driving, I seemed to always find myself tangled up with another driver, seething and anxious by the time I arrived at my destination.
The most effective secret I found to relieving my driving stress was traveling 2 mph slower than everyone else. Think about it. Most people aren’t content with the posted speed limit. They want a little bit more for themselves, so they tend to speed up. Very few people seem confident that they have the time and space in their lives to go slower.
This means if the highway speed limit is 70, and you set your cruise control to 72 mph, you will likely get tangled up with the aggressive drivers. But set your speed to 68 mph, and everyone will go around you, leaving you alone. Sure, you might get an occasional tailgate or annoyed look, but angry people are difficult to please. They aren’t in the mood to be happy with their life, but I am. I want all the unhappy people to go around me and move on while I sing to my yoga playlist.
What other ways can you go against the crowd and move 2 mph slower in your life?