I am glad to be alive. It’s normal to take this for granted, but it’s wonderful to really feel it. Yes, life is complicated, can be hard, and there are few easy answers. Loss is inevitable. I had a rough year. But it’s good to be alive – very good. So I’ve been thinking about the importance of attitudes. My life, and the lives of patients have taught me that attitudes are not only important, but they can be chosen, developed, and become powerful healing allies. In my medical school thesis … [Read more...] about Gratitude vs. Cynicism, Sappy vs. Sophisticated: Who Wins?
I love to laugh -- who doesn't? And I really love the way I feel after a good long hearty laugh; there's a special sense of well-being that lingers after laughter. The other night I fell asleep still giggling after watching a comedy video; what a weird way to fall asleep, I said to myself, chuckling even more at my own foolishness. The next morning I woke up feeling much more cheery than usual, and my week-long nausea was gone, too. This was not just my imagination or wishful thinking; belly … [Read more...] about The Best Medicine