The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
“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 best-selling 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 33-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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|Listening Length||8 hours and 52 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 11, 2021|
|Publisher||Random House Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #902 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2021
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One section inspired me to do something very hard, with a 50% chance of failure. I failed. It was humbling and an awakening experience.
The book motivated me to give up social media entirely for two weeks (hard to do when I depend on it for work) and leave my phone in the car when going out with family/friends.
I loved the big picture, personal perspectives shared, backed by real scientific, detailed analysis and proof.
If you feel like your life could use a bit of a shakeup, or that the daily grind of work, comfort, and technology are wearing you down, read this. It will edify your feelings and beg you to act on them.
As someone who grew up hunting regularly, then gave it up because of the barbaric nature and not wanting to hurt animals ever again, this book helped change my perspective. I love when an author can artfully confront you without being demeaning or condescending.
If you want more meaning out of life, relationships, and ultimately confront your own demise, read this book with an OPEN MIND and you will be inspired to do something hard or something new. Because, "new events decelerate our perception of time."
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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.
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.