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The Nuance

How Too Much Comfort Is Making You Miserable

Roughing it now and then may be the secret to a more contented life

Photo: Anna Kubiak/Unsplash

The journalist Michael Easter once spent a month in the Arctic Circle, tracking a herd of caribou for a national magazine story.

After 33 days in the backcountry — lugging an 80-pound pack through forests and…

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Markham Heid

Markham Heid

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. I live in Germany.