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Fuel Personal Growth by Deliberately Seeking Discomfort

A study at the famous Second City improv club in Chicago shows the benefits of purposely aiming for discomfort

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When it comes to building athletic strength and resilience, a well-known phrase captures the process: “no pain, no gain.” That rhyming philosophy may apply to mental growth as much as…




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Emily Willingham

Emily Willingham

Journalist, author, Texan, biologist. I write All About Us (we=us), All About Adolescence (our longest growth stage), & All About Aging (we’re all doing it).

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