Discover the rewards of strategic risk-taking--an award-winning behavioral scientist shares a practical guide on using small, intentional acts of courage to build resilience, confidence, and connection.
We're bombarded by messages about how dangerous the world is--from both real and fake news. Yet when we hunker down and try to live in a bubble of safety, we can cut ourselves off from the richness and joy life has to offer. In Worth the Risk
, Dr. Kristen Lee shows us that by "microdosing" small acts of bravery and connection, we can regain the self-confidence and resilience we need to live full and meaningful lives. "We are hardwired for risk-taking," she says. "As we become more comfortable with the uncomfortable, our nervous system changes to support us in experiencing a bold, adventurous, colorful life."
In each chapter of Worth the Risk
, Lee provides a solid dose of brain science combined with practical actions to build confidence and sustain yourself through challenges. With a blend of stories, composite sketches, science, ancient wisdom, behavioral science, and practical exercises, you'll explore:
- What is courage? Debunking the myths and discovering the power of everyday acts of bravery
- Why feeling overwhelmed doesn't make you a "snowflake"
- Tools for understanding and regulating your emotions, anxieties, and habits of avoidance
- Healing practices and guidance to increase your resilience to trauma, acute stress, and PTSD
- Insights and strategies for navigating the unique challenges of our polarized, media-saturated culture
- How to own your "Personal Legend" and become an active liberator--for yourself and others
Risks are a part of life--and "playing it safe" can end up diminishing the very qualities that allow us to adapt, create, and serve our purpose in life. Worth the Risk
guides you through a powerful approach to taking small, values-aligned chances that increase your ability to thrive. "You are not your trauma, labels, fears, or raw emotions," Lee writes. "You are wired for resilience. Your human spirit is indomitable."