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Why it's good to be scared

Sometimes in life you find yourself slipping further and further into your comfort zone, sticking to tried and test activities that pose little to no threat and can be done easily and safely. While these types of behaviors are all well and good, it's important to shake things up from time to time and push your limits.

Experiencing fear and the unknown in a supervised, controlled environment such as during a ghost tour or paranormal investigation can be an excellent way to test the waters and provide your body with a healthy dose of fear, a primal source of energy that can serve as a protective mechanism. It's a complex thing in humans, with a normal amount keeping us alert and safe from danger. The brain converts fear into a behavioral response, causing you to do everything from shiver, scream and shout to more extreme reactions like running away.

A small dose of fear every now and again can be healthy.

Some people enjoy the reactions that fear bring out in them, and as such actively seek out thrill-seeking activities like extreme sports, watching horror movies and embarking on supernatural activities. Anyone who's ever been on a rollercoaster, done a bungy jump or been through a haunted house will tell you about the rush of adrenalin they received during and after their experiences, which can be addictive to many and keep them coming back for more.

The old saying 'do something every day that scares you' may be hard to achieve, but its key message rings true. It's important to step outside your comfort zone every now and again and see what you're really made of. Take risks and see how your body reacts to new challenges, and activate areas of the brain you may not use on a regular basis. May we suggest starting with a ghost tour?

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