When asked to choose between a quiet life and an exciting life, 75% of people choose the first option, according to a survey conducted across a hundred countries. The authors of the survey believe that experience of living through the pandemic may have played a role in this preference.
"The world prefers a calm life to an exciting life," is the conclusion that came out of a study conducted by the Wellbeing for Planet Earth Foundation (WPE) in partnership with consulting firm Gallup .
During the year 2020, the Japan-based foundation specializing in well-being surveyed people from 116 different countries and territories (at least 1,000 people surveyed for each country). Their findings indicate that 72% of respondents prefer a calm life while 16% prefer an exciting life and 10% chose both.
The country of Georgia proved to be an exception, as the majority of respondents there chose an exciting life over a calm one. The results from Vietnam-based participants showed no clear preference.
For the remaining 114 countries, individuals largely aim to cultivate a calm life, with a few varying nuances observed according to the region of the globe.
In North America, the divide comes down to 75% of people in the US and Canada preferring a calm life and 22% preferring an exciting life. The divide in Western Europe is slightly greater, with 68% of Europeans wanting more tranquility and 24% wanting a more action-filled existence.
The differences in choosing a calm life don't necessarily follow any regional logic. For instance, at the top of the ranking, with 85% looking for peace and quiet, East Asia is ahead of its Southeast Asian and South Asian neighbors where the rates of embracing calm existences were 68% and 56% respectively. This holds true for Latin America (82%) and North America (75%).
The results should be taken with a grain of salt, however, as the study singles out the pandemic as having "jeopardized public health and created economic turmoil worldwide. These extraordinary circumstances may have made living a calm life a more appealing prospect for many people than it would be otherwise, especially given the ambiguous or complicated good represented by excitement."