In the Western world we live a pretty cushy life, most of us anyway, but with that comes a dangerous pitfall, the sedentary life.
Going from sitting at the office, to sitting in a car, to ordering a takeaway, and sitting in front of the Television. And do you know what that is? A clear-cut recipe for unhappiness.
Because I don’t believe we as humans were made to be as sedentary as we can be, I think we were meant to enjoy time relaxing but only after doing something difficult. Which is where voluntary hardship comes in.
Opting to do difficult things even though we don’t have to, that’s why so many people lift weights and run marathons, not because it’s easy but because through the difficulty you find happiness and meaning, walking home, hiking, cooking a meal for the first time, starting a business, writing a blog, all difficult things that can help you grow as a person, it’s never too late to set your aims high and really try achieve something, just to see if you can.
Because being comfortable and being happy are not the same thing, and while doing the difficult thing it may well be uncomfortable, difficult and well hard, but afterwards, you get to carry that with you with a sense of achievement and effort expended to know that at least you tried, and maybe even managed.
Avoid the easy option, delay your comfort and find happiness through voluntary hardship.