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Death By Comfort by Paul Taylor details how the comfort of modern life is the cause of major illnesses and how specific uncomfortable measures hold great rewards for tackling associated issues. The major comforts center around the fast-paced development of technology where, by clicking a button, humans cater to most of their needs without moving an inch. Though this has advantages, it has given rise to a lazy culture in which people use technology to avoid movement. It is already bad enough that many people don’t exercise, but the basic movement required for daily living is also declining. Though modern life is all about comfort, Taylor reinvigorates excitement about mundane activities like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking instead of driving, cleaning the house, and cooking unprocessed foods instead of ordering processed foods. Taylor teaches us how to use our mind and body, reclaiming the enjoyment of living intentionally and uncomfortably.
Death By Comfort by Paul Taylor is a compelling and insightful book providing actionable steps that you can implement immediately to improve the health of your mind and body. I enjoyed this book because although I am familiar with some of the techniques that Taylor lists, like the benefits of cold showers, identifying your Inner Gremlin and Inner Sage, and exercise, he places it all into perspective, explaining how these and other techniques tie together to create an overall healthy human being. His explanations are concise, giving sufficient information for me to implement his techniques while being motivated by the benefits of why implementing them is essential. Taylor gives just enough information about each method to pique my interest without overloading me with information. After reading this book, I remember most of the techniques he shared and feel I can implement them without re-reading. His practical and easily actionable methods make Death by Comfort an ideal read for anyone wanting to start building a better version of themselves.