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The Comfort Crisis


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Michael Easteris a contributing editor atMen's Healthmagazine, columnist forOutsidemagazine, and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His work has appeared in more than sixty countries and can also be found inMen's Journal, New York, Vice, Scientific American, Esquire, and others. He lives in Las Vegas on the edge of the desert with his wife and their two dogs.


"Ever wanted to ditch your '72-degree lifestyle'? Michael Easter did, and the results are not only entertaining, they are enlightening. His quest for sensation-restoring discomfort, creative boredom, and a 'rewilded' diet is chock-full of solid science as well as rollicking adventures in Alaska, Bhutan and one of the quietest places on earth: a drab office building in Minneapolis, believe it or not. You don't have to stalk a 500-pound caribou to understand the message of The Comfort Crisis-though you might want to give it a try after reading this eye-opening book."-Dan Fagin, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

"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 bestselling author of Endure

"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 of Women's Health

"An unconventional clarion call to swim upstream against the currents of comfort and ease that we seek and have grown unquestioningly used to. Not for the soft, or faint of heart, this appeals to the tough, or those who seek to be. A good read that challenges conventional wisdom about living life."-James Clapper, former US Director of National Intelligence

"This book will change the way we think about the modern world and how everyday conveniences are eroding our understanding of what it means to be human. Delving head-first into physical discomfort, Easter weaves scientific and sociologic research into his own story of finding deeper meaning. A must-read for anyone wanting to go outside their comfort zone to find real connection to our world and beyond."-Richard Dorment, Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health

"Shows why human greatness seldom rises from a perch of comfort and ease-and what you can do to maximize growth and fulfillment."-Brian L. Losey, (ret) Commander of US Navy Special Warfare Command

"Made me look differently at adversity, at challenges, at discomfort. Reading it made me want to be better, and a book simply can't deliver more than that."-Tamar Haspel, columnist, Washington Post

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