Seek the good pain, the good resistance, and the good stress to make you stronger:
The mistake that many philosophers and religions make: thinking that the point of life is to minimize as much pain as possible.
Instead, what we need is the good pain and good stress. “Eustress”— The good stress and the good pain which stimulates growth. For example, the “micro tearing” of muscles which happens during physical exercise, which is a stimulant tour body to rebuild the muscle to become stronger than it was before.
Then it seems that practical wisdom is figuring out what type of pain and stress is beneficial, and figure out what kind of pain and stress is bad. It seems that the dosage is the poison, so we need the minimum viable amount of stress and pain in order to stimulate us to become stronger.
For example, when lifting weights, you don’t want to do critical injury to yourself. However, “micro injury” is beneficial, and we need time to rest recover and eat more meat in order to strengthen our muscles.
Also with coffee and caffeine consumption, the minimum amount of caffeine in order to get us going. To have more caffeine than necessary seems that it will be positively bad for us. And of course, everyone’s caffeine in coffee tolerance is different, so the goal is figure out what your personal tolerances.
A life without stress, a life without pain, a life without epic goals and obstacles is not a life worth living.