“The notion of getting out there and trying something exciting feels quite loaded with risk,” Lomas said.
As people search for stability, they often turn toward emotions that make them feel grounded, said William Van Gordon, associate professor of psychology at the University of Derby in the UK. He was not involved in the poll.
While the poll did not research why some regions ranked higher than others, Van Gordon believed finances could be a factor.
A greater number of people in East Asian countries like Japan and Korea, where participants overwhelmingly preferred calm, are likely to have experienced material wealth, which can bring comfort but sometimes at the cost of tranquility, 그는 말했다.
South Asia had the smallest percentage of participants preferring tranquility at 56%. Countries in this region, such as Pakistan and India, have more low- and middle- income families, 과 “there is likely to be greater value placed on the excitement and the perceived benefits it can bring,” Van Gordon explained.
Ways to bring Zen to your life
It’s simple to say you want to live a calm life but doing so is a greater challenge.
At the heart of a calm life are fulfilling relationships
, said Alice Boyes
, former clinical psychologist and author of
“The Anxiety Toolkit
,” who was not involved in the poll
It’s crucial to form and nurture close relationships with people who are emotionally sound, 그녀가 말했다. They can provide “a stable base for your own exploration of the world as an individual and a safe haven to return to when you need calm,” 그녀는 덧붙였다.
Stability also plays an important role in calm, so people should also pursue healthy routines of sleeping, 먹기, exercise and more, 그녀가 말했다.
Breath awareness can tie your mind to the present moment, so Van Gordon recommended people stop at least three times throughout the day and focus on breathing in and out for five minutes.
Excitement is a short-lived emotion that relies on what is happening externally to you, such as when you’re riding on a roller coaster, Van Gordon said. It’s unstable because humans cannot control what happens to them.
“Calm, 반면에, is something that can be cultivated irrespective of what is happening externally,” 그는 말했다.
The two emotions are not mutually exclusive and can complement each other when you live a calm life, 그는 지적했다.
“The present moment is full of exciting and wondrous things, which can be enjoyed even more fully by a mind that is present and calm enough to observe them,” Van Gordon said.