Too Much Comfort Might Be Making You Miserable

How to reignite the spark in your life

Rachael Kable
The Mindful Kind

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Photo by Alex Woods on Unsplash

A few years ago, my partner and I went camping at Mount Buffalo in Victoria, Australia. It was March, and the weather had already turned quite cold. We slept on old inflatable mattresses that slowly went flat overnight. Wild dogs howled into the darkness.

There were plenty of great moments and fun adventures, but we spent a lot of time feeling uncomfortable.

When we got home, we cuddled on the couch with our dogs and really savored our morning cups of coffee. We took hot showers, ate flavorsome meals, and looked forward to a good night’s sleep. Unlike when we were camping, we had a lovely soft mattress and warm blankets — we didn’t have to get up in the middle of the night to add more layers of clothing for warmth!

The interesting thing is, we often love being comfortable. I’m not sure about you, but I could spend all day sitting on the couch, drinking tea, eating homemade cookies, and reading books. It’s like my ideal day. But what would happen if I lived every day like that?

If every day for a whole week, I’d mostly just get out of bed, go to the couch, read a few chapters, drink some tea, eat a cookie, read some more, and go back to bed? I’d get bored. I’d feel purposeless. I’d be too comfortable…

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Rachael Kable
The Mindful Kind

Writer and hopelessly devoted reader - just ask my husband.