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Challenging Your Comfort Zones
Staying within our comfort zones is reassuring, and very tempting. The name alone suggests safety and stasis. However, many experts on human psychology agree that life starts when the comfort zone ends. When you push yourself to experience new things, meet new people, and achieve new heights, you start living in Technicolor. You’ll never want to return to the black and white world of your comfort zone.
Today we’re sharing a humorous excerpt from the audiobook How to Be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use, written by psychologist Randy Paterson. In this tongue-in-cheek audiobook, Randy outlines 40 specific behaviors and habits, which—if followed—are sure to lead to a lifetime of unhappiness. You’ll discover how you—and only you—are holding yourself back from a full life. On the other hand, if you do the opposite, you might just find yourself living a happy, fulfilled life.
What’s in this episode?
In this humorous excerpt, Dr. Paterson discusses our comfort zones from the perspective of how to stay in them—and what happens to us when we do. You’ll learn about what he calls the “Zone of Discomfort,” which includes trying new things and taking chances. We hope this excerpt will inspire you to expand beyond your comfort zones and step into the wide open world of new possibilities!
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If, in the presence of unparalleled wealth and privilege, we are capable of dissatisfaction, then perhaps misery is humanity’s true signature strength. Let’s optimize it.