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Why People Who Walk Faster Can Often Be Less Happy

We’ve started walking faster than our parents or grandparents ever used to, according to a study. Covering 60 feet on foot now takes a second less it did than 10 years ago. And even though walking is generally considered to be healthy, it can say something about the mental state of a person.

We at Bright Side got curious about another side of fast walking, as a style of life, and found some thought-provoking information that can make you pay attention if you live in a constant rush.

Because living in a rush can be bad for our health

Despite that fact that walking and an active way of life is good for our health, there is another part to this. A research study has analyzed 32 countries for their walking speed and has concluded that modern life pushes us to live fast and be in a rush. It might be very stressful and can even have some negative effects on our heart condition, experts say.

An interesting experiment was conducted by Professor Richard Wiseman. His team timed how long it took 35 men and 35 women to walk along a sidewalk holding a mobile telephone and struggling with shopping bags. The conclusion is that when you speed a person up, they stop taking care of themselves. With all those calls and e-mails, we may not notice what is going on around us. And if someone doesn’t respond to you in 20 minutes, you may start thinking “What’s that all about?”

There some signs that you need to slow down and get more relaxed for your own happiness, according to Wiseman:

  • You may talk too quickly
  • You feel like hurrying someone along, when it takes them too long to get to the point

  • You are the first person to finish your meal

  • You feel frustrated when you’re stuck behind others while walking along a street

  • You become irritable if you’ve sat around for an hour without doing anything

  • You walk out of restaurants or shops even if there is even a short line

Because you can be chronically multitasking

There is nothing bad about multitasking, but psychologists say when this quality becomes chronic, it does not always lead to the most effective use of time. You just overload yourself with things to do and you can make mistakes. We make deadlines by ourselves and then get in a rush. As a result, we walk faster and talk faster. The emotional impact of this stress could be huge, causing disappointment and sadness.

If you’ve noticed that you overload yourself with many tasks at one time, experts suggest some techniques that may help you to become more relaxed:

  • Create a habit of leaving earlier, if you feel too stressed when you are late.
  • Prioritize your tasks.
  • Limit screen time and remember it is okay to respond a little bit later, no need to do it immediately all the time.

How fast do you walk? What notes about styles of walking do you have? Please, share your experience with us!