Check out this research about "happy maps" and how choosing to make a commute about the experience rather than simply the shortest route changes the way we connect with our environment:
"[the journey] became one thing only: the shortest path. In this single journey there was no thought of enjoying the road, no pleasure in connecting with nature, no possibility of looking people in the eyes. And why? because I was saving a minute out of my commute.... Walk the path through the park, not through the car park, and you have an entirely different path. Walk the path full of people you love and not full of cars, and you have an entirely different path. It's that simple." —Daniele Quercia
Watch the video and let us know what you think! Have you ever discovered something new about your own city or a place you've visited by taking time to wander?