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Publisher's 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

“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 best-selling author of Endure

“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

“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)

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The forgotten art of living hides in these pages.

What an amazing listen. Michael masterfully reels you in the story and then pivots into cutting edge science studies that adds to the experience.

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Completely absorbing

Couldn't stop listening. This book has made me want to take a new direction in life, thank you Michael.

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excellent listen

amazing, very relevant to today's society. definitely makes you stop and think about the way we live.

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Simple common sense advice

This book made so much sense and all its claims have research backing them.

Really made me think what in modern life is responsible for my physical and mental health and this book gives very practical and easy to do ideas on how to improve them.

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fantastic ideas

this was a great book I enjoyed it meant sleep love the idea of being bored is very creativity I like it recommended it's great

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Great story; great thesis

You could read a dozen books or more to get the info in this book, or read this book first and then chase the other books. if you're into alternative ways to improve life; this is a great start

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An excellent book

What a great topic and a well written book, I absolutely loved it. Really enjoyed how the author’s trip to the Alaskan back-country was woven into the story. Highly recommend.

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absolutely awesome

honsestly one of the best books I've listened to. Going from a great adventure story to relative information in each scenario was genuius. highly recommended for that easy listen with a great message

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  • CassieM
  • 03-06-2021

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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  • Amber S
  • 27-05-2021

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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  • geoffrey wang
  • 21-05-2021

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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  • Zach Wilson
  • 15-06-2021

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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  • Eddie
  • 15-06-2021

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-2021

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 :)
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  • mvandivere
  • 01-06-2021

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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  • R. Kidd
  • 01-06-2021

awesome

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

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  • Eric Jensen
  • 29-05-2021

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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  • Melissa Robusto
  • 01-06-2021

Excellent and Life changing

I’m definitely going to start rucking. This has changed the way I look at being comfortable.

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  • Philip Dexter
  • 12-07-2021

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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  • SVB
  • 22-07-2021

Potential Life-Changer!

I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook of The Comfort Crisis - the author includes so many different topics and explores each deeply, making them easy to understand. There are a lot of different aspects to this book that I'm interested to learn more about and add into my daily life. One thing I thought was slightly odd was the use of the word 'spastic' a few times - I don't know if it's used in a different way in the US, but in the UK we wouldn't use that word anymore!

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  • rachel
  • 18-07-2021

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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  • The UrbanBassman
  • 09-07-2021

Insightful.

Narrative of Caribou hunt interwoven with interviews and the science behind our current de-evolution into fat, lazy unhappy, unealthy folks. Move your ass, preferably in nature. I'm off to ruck.

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  • phil fletcher
  • 02-07-2021

reminder to push your limits

would definitely recommend it to anyone looking motivation. This book is a brilliant story, mixed with a lot of solid research.

it really exposes your own lack of action, and the need to get back to it.

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  • Conor Lehane
  • 04-06-2021

Thoroughly enjoyed

Great listen. Highly recommend to download. Really opens your eyes to a new way of looking at things and what we take for granted

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