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Summary

“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.

©2021 Michael Easter (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“Changes the way we think about the modern world and how everyday conveniences are eroding our understanding of what it mean to be human.” (Richard Dorment, editor in chief, Men’s Health

“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 best-selling 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)  

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The take away from this book will change how you live for the better. If it doesn't you can come punch me in the face.

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One of the best books I’ve ever listened to

This book made me want to get up off my sofa and take an adventure with life again.

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well read, really enjoyed it.

a lot of people are complaining about the way it's read. these are people who are use to listening to YouTubers who edit their breathes out...

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Superb and essential

Gets to the heart of the lifestyle problems facing Weatern society. Well narrated byvthe author.

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Fascinating

I am a big fan of David Goggins' "Can't Hurt Me", Adam Sinicki's "Superfunctional Training" and Bioneer Youtube channel, and James Clear's "Atomic Habits". This book contains elements that you find in all of those regarding lifestyle, fitness, etc. If you like any of those then you will appreciate this book.

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broken plans

most days I listen to an hour of informative literature, then go to some fantasy stuff. this book I could not stop listening to: it is captivating with the story telling and informative with facts and theories. I am now planning my own adventure.

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A true game changer

This book has genuinely changed how I view my life, providing much needed perspective in a time of chaos while helping me understand more about humans, what we’re capable of and how modern social ideals are gradually taking us away from our true selves. Simply immense and a must read!

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A mind opening book

A mind opening book. The author presents a very strong case against our modern comfort-driven society, and links it with the more and more prevalent mental health problems that seem to spread like wildfire in the west.

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Fantastic audiobook

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A though provoking listen

An entertaining and well argued explanation of the physical state we are in. Worth a listen if you have an interest in (real) health and fitness.

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beyond expectations

there's always been this inexplicable feeling whenever I would come home from a big adventure. I've tried forever to explain to people why I go do those crazy things or how it makes me feel. this book is everything I wish I could have said and everything I've been experiencing and exactly why I get out there. this book is beautifully written never mind the great story about his Arctic adventure, and it's all backed up by science. without being boring. I wish I could give this book a 10 and I wish I could give a copy to every person who struggles and can't explain their own anxiety.

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  • Zach Wilson
  • 15-06-21

Everyone needs to read/listen to this book

I can not say enough how much I have enjoyed this book. I have been recommending it left and right to friends, family and even my patients. I love the connections with the life stories and tie ins with the research. Especially at the end where he gives a link to all the articles he references throughout the book. I’m already going to go through it a second time just to get more out of it from things I am sure I have missed. Just download the book, you won’t regret it!

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  • Eric Jensen
  • 29-05-21

Have we been living a dream?

I’ve read a lot of books about similar subjects. In the end I usually feel like I’m being sold something unattainable or the quick and easy guide to X and a better Y. The Comfort Crisis on the other-hand strikes a different tone. I didn’t feel like I was being sold anything or promised anything. I felt like I was being shown a memory that I’d forgotten. Something that I already knew but ignored or pretended was out of reach for good due to (insert excuse). I don’t feel that I’m alone in experiencing this kind of nameless yearning that I can’t seem to drown with drink or trinkets. There’s something that I know that I at least am missing that I’ve been conditioned to believe I’m not missing. I thank the author and the amazing people he worked with to make this book come to life. If you’re like me, this book will strike at the essence of your soul. 100% worth the read, the re-read, and the action it’ll inspire you to take. Thank you, Mike!

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  • Amber S
  • 27-05-21

But This Book!!

This was hands down the best self-help self-introspection book I've ever read!! I'm going to buy the hard copy right now!!

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  • 21-05-21

Best audiobook I have ever listened to!

There is everything worthwhile imaginable to listen to in this book, and not a second is wasting our time when listening to it. Been waiting almost a year for this to be released and it was waaayyy too long of a wait. Part Storytelling and part advice giving, yet they mesh together so well. I have already immediately started implementing the recommendations he gave and my life will be forever changed for the better because of this.

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  • Eddie
  • 15-06-21

Required reading!

What an incredibly well made audible/book! I did not anticipate how much DEPTH this book would actually have. Every chapter gives you new insights and sometimes holy shît a ha moments you’d hopefully implement in your life and share with others!

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  • 06-06-21

A great book !

This book covers a very wide scope and the author weaves his Article experience seamlessly !
I’ve heard much of the research before but not all of it !! And the research presented here that I haven’t come make this way more than worth the time taken to listen and cost of the book !! Priceless . And the research findings I’ve heard before are soooo important to hear again and again !! We need this stuff drilled into us frequently so we slowly reprogram from the modern comfortable life. We can def enjoy the modern comforts !! But also be aware and challenge ourselves to throw in exciting or even simple non-comforts - I do it almost as a game !! As often as possible :)
Thanks
Charlie

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  • mvandivere
  • 01-06-21

Outstanding lives beyond the comfort zone.

This book was incredible. A fun and perfectly articulated balance of facts, data, history, experiences, and real-life examples. So many bits of information that will impact my life forever. It validates need to stretch our limits and challenge what we may think we are capable of. I've already begun to implement principles and am planning a Misogi in the next year.

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  • dairygood
  • 06-11-21

Essential information for anyone looking to lead a healthier, happier life

I found the information in this book so incredibly interesting! I especially enjoyed the discussions of all the research which led to the suggested lifestyle enhancements. The author’s own personal adventure woven into the topics made this book really enjoyable to listen to.

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  • R. Kidd
  • 01-06-21

awesome

One of my favourite books of all times Highly recommend this book Will listen to it more than once

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