“Most people today rarely step outside their comfort zones. We are living progressively sheltered, sterile, temperature-controlled, overfed, under challenged, safety-netted lives. And it’s limiting the degree to which we experience our ‘one wild and precious life,’ as poet Mary Oliver put it.
But a radical new body of evidence shows that people are at their best—physically harder, mentally tougher, and spiritually sounder—after experiencing the same discomforts our early ancestors were exposed to every day. Scientists are finding that certain discomforts protect us from physical and psychological problems like obesity, heart disease, cancers, diabetes, depression, and anxiety, and even more fundamental issues like feeling a lack of meaning and purpose.”
~ Michael Easter from The Comfort Crisis
Michael Easter is an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor at Men’s Health magazine, columnist for Outside magazine, and professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
In this fantastic book, he tells us (as you might have guessed from the title!) that we’re facing a COMFORT CRISIS.
If you haven’t noticed, in many ways, we’re more comfortable than ever before. But... Michael asks: “Could our sheltered, temperature controlled, overfed, underchallenged lives actually be the leading cause of many of our most urgent physical and mental health issues?”
Spoiler alert... The answer is an unequivocal YES.
Want to Reclaim Your “Wild, Happy, Healthy Self”? EMBRACE DISCOMFORT.
The book is packed with Big Ideas on how to do exactly that and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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