Posts in Mental Health
How Gratitude Improves Health & Happiness

I often ask my patients to keep a gratitude journal. More often than not, that request gets raised eyebrows. They say, “That sounds nice, but seriously, how it that going to help me? I don’t see what that has to do with my health.”

But that is what I am for. I see how all the different aspects of your life shape your health. Health is not just about diet and exercise, or even your physical body. Health is also about your thoughts and feelings. And this is where gratitude comes in.

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A Little Known Tip to Reduce Stress

When we think about stress, most of us think about our job, our foot long to-do list, and money. These are the monuments to stress that cast a shadow across our lives. They are ever present and we are acutely, even painfully, aware of them. But what about the small things that slip under our stress radar? The criticism we received at work, the person who cut us off in traffic, or the glib, yet hurtful comment from our partner. While these are seemingly insignificant, they build up and add to our stress load. And most of us have no idea about how to handle this stress. Well, here is the answer. We need to practice forgiveness.

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Play: The Secret to Success and Happiness

I have a difficult question for all of you.  When was the last time you really had fun?  Think about it.  Do you even know what that feels like anymore?  

For most of us, life is busy.  Busier than busy.  If we don't have 5,000 things at work to get done, then it's the dishes, laundry, or bills.  Needless to say, this makes it difficult to spend time with our family, let alone on things that we really enjoy.  This is life, is it not?  At least, that is what I thought as I neared the end of my 4 years in medical school.  Life is a hustle and there isn't always room for relaxation, let alone fun.  

But then, I read Dr. Stuart Brown's book, Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul.  And I realized that in order to be successful, productive and lucrative as doctor and happy and fulfilled as a person, I needed to play.

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