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

Written by:
Michael Easter
Narrated by:
Michael Easter

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2021
8 hours 53 minutes
Discover the evolutionary mind and body benefits of living at the edges of your comfort zone and reconnecting with the wild—from the New York Times bestselling author of Scarcity Brain.

“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 author of The Book of Boundaries

“Michael Easter’s genius is that he puts data around the edges of what we intuitively believe. His work has inspired many to change their lives for the better.”—Dr. Peter Attia, author of Outlive

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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Great book needs a different title...inspiring

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Easter poses deep insights into the facets of modern life that are making us unhappy, unhealthy, and unfulfilled. This book was wonderful, and made me view modern life and the way we live it in a very new and intriguing way. Highly recommend!

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This was the BEST book I listened to last year, hands-down! I highly recommend the audio version, because the author is telling his own story. I really like that he breaks up the book into different topics… His personal story, scientific statistical data, societal data, and his own opinions. So if one topic doesn’t interest you, he moves on to another one pretty quickly, although I found the whole book to be excellent!

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Josh R.

Absolutely must read.

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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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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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