Without Adventures, Life Would be Boring and Shallow

Feb 13, 2023 | Fred Toke, Lifestyle

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Being adventurous can be beneficial, according to Dr. Bianca Wittmann, Ph.D., of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Behavior, the University of Marburg, and Justus Liebig University Giessen in Germany. A study published in the journal Neuron stated that adventurous behaviors, whether physical or mental, make us feel good because it fires up the same brain regions as getting a reward. As such, it motivates some people to try new things, even though they may seem challenging at first.

The result is that these people become more :

  • Adaptable
  • Bolder
  • Confident
  • Determined

Life is supposed to be a series of adventures. We’re all supposed to be explorers, pioneers, and treasure hunters of the soul, just like Abraham in the Bible. “It was by faith that Abrahan obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.” Hebrews 11:8 (NLT)

“The purpose of life is to live it, taste experience to the utmost, and reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

In essence, successful lives grow out of successful adventures. While a ship in port is safe, it is not what ships are intended for. Similarly, we are designed to experience life outside our comfort zones and be enriched and grow, especially during rough seasons.

And like all true adventures, we do not know the ending. Our future, as it is, is open-ended. We do not yet know the rest of our own story. That’s the beauty of it.

So, perhaps we can begin to label our challenges as adventures and enjoy the ride!

“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.” ― G.K. Chesterton

“Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you are made of.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. — James 1:2-4

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Fred Tokė aka Dr. Tokėmon is a Clinical Psychologist by training, was a former adjunct professor at Nanyang Technological University. He is also a guest lecturer at the University Malaysia Sabah’s Faculty of Medicine. Besides teaching, he also provides clinical psychotherapy services to the downtrodden and the discouraged.

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