Comfort Does Not Equal Happiness

The current issue of Outside magazine has a great interview with Dean Karnazes. I discussed this phenomenal athlete in a previous post.

Dean Karnazes

In the interview, he makes a point that many of us have forgotten:

Western culture has things a little backwards right now. We think that if we had every comfort available to us, we’d be happy. We equate comfort with happiness. And now we’re so comfortable we’re miserable. There’s no struggle in our lives. No sense of adventure. We get in a car, we get in an elevator, it all comes easy. What I’ve found is that I’m never more alive than when I’m pushing and I’m in pain, and I’m struggling for high achievement, and in that struggle I think there’s a magic.

It is well-worth reading the whole interview. You may not aspire to becoming an ultra-marathoner or even a jogger. But you can still draw inspiration from someone who has such passion and commitment about his chosen career.

Technorati Tags: ,

Want to Launch Your Own Blog

or upgrade to a self-hosted WordPress blog? It’s easier than you think! Watch my free, twenty-minute screencast. I show you exactly how to do it, step-by-step. You don’t need any technical knowledge. Click here to get started. Watch My Free Screencast
I’m no longer running comments on my blog. For more information regarding this decision, please read this post.