It is common for human beings to try to avoid pain. In 2015, 300 million painkiller prescriptions were written in the world! But avoiding pain doesn’t help us lead better lives. In this succinct TEdx Talk, physician Lode Dewulf explains how understanding our pain and where it comes from can actually lead to less suffering. Human beings’ ability to predict the future and learn from the past can be very beneficial. Unfortunately, it can also be detrimental, because past hurts and future worries can exacerbate the actual pain we feel. Meditation and mindfulness can help focus our awareness on the present pain of the present moment. Calmly acknowledging and accepting this pain can alleviate our suffering. Pain has value, so let’s stop this obsession with avoiding it!