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The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self

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Michael Easter

8 Hours 53 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2021

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“If you've been looking for something different to level up your health, fitness, and personal growth, this is it.”—Melissa Urban, Whole30 CEO and New York Times bestselling author

Discover the evolutionary mind and body benefits of living at the edges of your comfort zone and reconnecting with the wild.

In many ways, we’re more comfortable than ever before. But could our sheltered, temperature-controlled, overfed, underchallenged lives actually be the leading cause of many our most urgent physical and mental health issues? In this gripping investigation, award-winning journalist Michael Easter seeks out off-the-grid visionaries, disruptive genius researchers, and mind-body conditioning trailblazers who are unlocking the life-enhancing secrets of a counterintuitive solution: discomfort.
 
Easter’s journey to understand our evolutionary need to be challenged takes him to meet the NBA’s top exercise scientist, who uses an ancient Japanese practice to build championship athletes; to the mystical country of Bhutan, where an Oxford economist and Buddhist leader are showing the world what death can teach us about happiness; to the outdoor lab of a young neuroscientist who’s found that nature tests our physical and mental endurance in ways that expand creativity while taming burnout and anxiety; to the remote Alaskan backcountry on a demanding thirty-three-day hunting expedition to experience the rewilding secrets of one of the last rugged places on Earth; and more.
 
Along the way, Easter uncovers a blueprint for leveraging the power of discomfort that will dramatically improve our health and happiness, and perhaps even help us understand what it means to be human. The Comfort Crisis is a bold call to break out of your comfort zone and explore the wild within yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book needs a different title...inspiring

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  • Anonymous

    Great book! I want to buy a copy for everyone I know. I was a bit disappointed that the author never acknowledges the privilege that allows one to disconnect in many of the ways described in the book (white, male, appropriate connections, a job that allows you to take 5 weeks off at a time, etc.) but I appreciate the core message. At least some things in this book will be accessible to all. Using the Alaskan trip as the backbone of the narrative was very neatly done. Author as narrator was not fantastic, but overall fine.

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  • Anonymous

    Wonderfully written story of personal adventure with lots of scientific research to backup the claims made. Very important subject material consider for the modern individuals lifestyle

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