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The Benefits Of Discomfort

Benjamin Bombard

More human beings are more comfortable today than at any time in the history of our species. And sure, comfort is nice, but what if we actually have too much of it?

In a new book, the journalist Michael Easter writes about how he uprooted himself from his safe, comfortable life at home and traveled around the world in search of discomfort. He wanted to understand why we seek out comfort, what happens when we get too much of it, and how we might benefit from less of it. He says that a growing body of evidence shows how embracing physical and mentaldiscomfort can make us happier, healthier and more resilient. Easter’s book is called The Comfort Crisis, and he joins us this week to talk about it.

Michael Easter’s book is The Comfort Crisis: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Happy, Healthy Self [Amazon|Indiebound|Bookshop]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.