Most of us have been dealing with more suffering in recent years with problems like the ongoing pandemic, increased polarization, natural disasters, and other calamities. Why do we suffer and what can we do about it? We have all probably heard the quote, "Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional." We could split hairs over the exact definition of suffering, but we can all agree that suffering is a part of life. So, we must learn ways to deal with it skillfully in order to enjoy life more. In this episode of The Reasonably Good Life, I explore the issue of suffering with my intern, Patrick Kennedy. The better we understand the nature of suffering, we can take steps to manage it more effectively. The good news is that we CAN make improvements.