Monday, April 21, 2014

Are You Addicted to Comfort?

In our constant search for happiness and the good life, we may be shortchanging ourselves by seeking to eliminate all negative emotions, thoughts and experiences from our lives. That's what Robert Biswas-Diener and Todd Kashdan say in their forthcoming book, The Upside of Your Darkside. You can see a preview in Biswas-Diener's TEDx talk about comfort addiction. 

Consider that our desire for creature comforts (do I really need Google Glass?) and intense efforts to avoid discomfort (the vacation to Club Med instead of a real place) make us increasingly unable to deal with the discomforts life inevitably brings. 

 Happiness experts uniformly suggest that curiosity and challenges, with their associated discomfort, enrich our lives. 

Challenges are different for everyone. Consider how you might bring a little positive discomfort into your life. 


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