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The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort To Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self Kindle Edition
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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.
“I read The Comfort Crisis in three straight sittings and was so motivated and inspired that I immediately made changes to my daily routines. Two months later, I've never been fitter, more self-confident, or happier. 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 six-time New York Times bestselling author
“Entertaining and enlightening, Easter’s quest for a ‘rewilded’ diet, creative boredom, and other sensation-restoring discomforts is chock-full of solid science as well as a rollicking adventure.”—Dan Fagin, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
“Breezy and yet bracing synthesis of tough adventures and hard science. Ironic, perhaps, for a book about how we need to challenge ourselves to be so enjoyable to read.”—Robert Moor, New York Times bestselling author of On Trails: An Exploration
“An entertaining and thought-provoking adventure that weaves together findings from anthropology, physiology, neuroscience, and other disciplines. Easter makes a convincing case that happiness is more than the absence of cold, hunger, and boredom—in fact, a little discomfort may be exactly what we need.”—Alex Hutchinson, New York Times bestselling author of Endure
“This revelatory, illuminating book is packed with big ideas on how our overly comfortable lives and routines have chipped away at our physical, mental, and emotional health.”—Liz Plosser, editor-in-chief, Women’s Health
“An unconventional clarion call to swim upstream against the currents of comfort and ease that we seek and have grown unquestioningly used to. Not for the soft, or faint of heart, this appeals to the tough, or those who seek to be. A good read that challenges conventional wisdom about living life.”—James Clapper, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence
“Shows why human greatness seldom rises from a perch of comfort and ease—and what you can do to maximize growth and fulfillment.”—Brian L. Losey, (ret) Commander of U.S. Navy Special Warfare Command
“Made me look differently at adversity, at challenges, at discomfort. Reading it made me want to be better, and a book simply can’t deliver more than that.”—Tamar Haspel, columnist, Washington Post
About the Author
- ASIN : B08FZLLPJX
- Publisher : Rodale Books (May 11, 2021)
- Publication date : May 11, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 4051 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 284 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,099 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2022
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At one point the author mentions the naturalistic fallacy – the assumption that because something is natural, it is good. Yet he spends much of the book arguing that because our ancestors couldn’t get comfortable sleeping on the hard ground, or were frequently hungry, we’re missing something. This seemed self-contradictory to me. Our ancestors lived brutal lives and died young. I also thought his ham-fisted attempt to solve a problem as complex as obesity a significant overreach. Especially because he’s not really drawing on a lot of science. He talked to one researcher about this subject and concluded, “We need to get used to being hungry.” Surely that’s one piece of it, but there are people who have been studying this subject for decades who have a lot more to say.
One great thing I got out of this book was learning about the company GORUCK and the movement for rucking. It makes sense that hauling heavy weight on your back while walking around leads to great fitness gains. I have been inspired to get my own equipment and make a go of it.
I guess the ultimate impact this book had for me was to affirm myself to keep doing what I’m doing, which is experiment with all-weather outdoor fitness. I’m never going to the Alaskan tundra, but surely I can go for a run in the cold.
As an avid outdoorswoman, athlete, scientist, and coach, I will be diving deeper into some of the studies he's referenced for my own benefit as well as to improve my ability to help others navigate their wellness journey.
The only book I have ever done this with ... listened to it on Audible ... as soon as I finished it I went back and ordered the hard copy so I could go back through it!
I have already rolled some of the principals in this book into my life. Also have recommended it to a number of friends ... so far all of them have loved it.
I’m slightly irritated that this book is another book about adventure and “rewilding” written by a man who has no familial obligations or financial worries, thankfully he doesn’t give advice or come off as preachy.
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Of course, spending a few days without electricity in a cut-off rural village does not compare to the central story of this book - a primal, embrace-the-suck Caribou hunt in Alaska - but it was an appropriate reminder of the book's central message - our Western comforts, for all their value, have profound drawbacks too.
In preparation for his Alaskan hunt, the author consulted many researchers across an array of disciplines, and the knowledge he gained is presented in concise, bite-sized pieces for the reader to consider.
My one criticism of the book is the lack of detailed end-notes. The author states that this is to do with 'strict page-count limits'. However, interested readers can sign up for a pdf of source material from the author's website.
All-in-all, this book is a superbly written, well-researched, and inspiring invitation to embrace natural discomforts for the good of our bodies and minds and I highly recommend it.
In terms of a comfort crisis, this book spoke to me on a personal level and accurately put into words a lot of personal thoughts and feelings I've had for a while. Michael is spot on, when you've overcome overwhelming difficulties the small stuff really doesn't matter.
This book is well written, concise with information and full of amazing characters that I'd love to read more about. A must read.
Must say the book and it’s message really hit home. He presents the facts and his journey in such a great way without any posturing just humility on his journey.
Has got me planning my own misogi.
Definitely recommend this book.