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1.tranquility - a disposition free from stress or emotion tranquility - a disposition free from stress or emotion serenity, placidity, tranquility, repose, quiet calm, calmness, composure, equanimity - steadiness of mind under stress; "he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity" ataraxia - peace of mind
2.tranquility - an untroubled state-tranquility - an untroubled state; free from disturbances tranquility, quiet order - established customary state (especially of society); "order ruled in the streets"; "law and order"
tranquility - a state of peace and quiet tranquility - a state of peace and quiet quietude, tranquility, quietness calmness - a feeling of calm; an absence of agitation or excitement, peace of mind, ataraxis, peacefulness, repose, serenity, peace, heartsease - the absence of mental stress or anxiety easiness, relaxation - a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry; "the easiness we feel when sleeping"
Tranquillity (also spelt tranquility) is the quality or state of being tranquil; calmness; serenity n. The word tranquility appears in numerous texts ranging from the religious writings of Buddhism, where the term passaddhi refers to tranquillity of the body, thoughts and consciousness on the path to enlightenment, to an assortment of policy and planning guidance documents, where interpretation of the word is typically linked to engagement with the natural environment.
Psychological Being in a tranquil or ‘restorative’ environment allows individuals to take respite from the periods of sustained ‘directed attention’ that characterize modern living. In developing their Attention Restoration Theory (ART), Kaplan and Kaplan proposed that recovery from cognitive overload could most effectively be achieved by engaging with natural restorative environments, that are away from daily distractions and have the extent and mystery that allows the imagination to wander, thereby enabling individuals to engage effortlessly with their surroundings. The theory works on the principle that the amount of reflection possible within such an environment depends upon the type of cognitive engagement, i.e. fascination; that the environment holds. ‘Soft fascination’ is deemed to occur when there is enough interest in the surroundings to hold attention but not so much that it compromises the ability to reflect. In essence, soft fascination, which has been taken by Herzog and Pheasant as a reasonable term to describe tranquillity, provides a pleasing level of sensory input that involves no cognitive effort other than removing oneself from an overcrowded mental space.
For many, the chance to experience tranquillity is what makes the countryside different from cities. In a survey by the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) 58% of people said that tranquillity was the most positive feature of the countryside.