I have noticed a theme in blog posts recently, happiness. Not so much “how can I get some” or “this and this makes me happy” but rather the beginnings of an anti-happiness movement. The problem is that we aren’t using the same language when it comes to discussing happiness. It’s a problem of semantics. This idea and a few recent posts I’ve read have led to me writing this psuedo-reply post. Continue reading “Ask Yourself This: “How do I Define Happiness?” Semantics Matter”
Physician well-being is an issue that needs to be discussed, promoted, studied and funded. Physicians need to be at the front of the discussions and leaders in the field of well-being. As boots on the ground, we are force multipliers for change in this arena. We are the grassroots. Even the best grassroots efforts fail without money. In this age of limited healthcare resources, how do we convince our organizations to pay more than lip service to our well-being needs? Continue reading “Investing Cash in Physician Well-Being: Return on Investment”
This is the final part of a 3 part series on the evidence behind sustainable change in happiness. In this part we’ll look at how these concepts discussed can be put to work to cause a measurable and sustainable happiness increase. Specifically, how to choose and implement activities. Continue reading “The Pursuit of Happiness Part 3: Implementing Change and Person-Activity Fit”
There are plenty links on the finances of renting vs. buying. This isn’t that kind of post. Rewind a few years: “Don’t buy a house, rent for a year. ” said my co-residents to me after some rare downtime between morning didactic and clinic. It was good advice and I came to think about how I didn’t take it quite a bit over the next 5 years. Continue reading “Medicine’s money pit – The Doctor House”
Between 2 kids, 2 busy practices, exercise, continuing medical education and the prairie-dog style pop-up items that keep my to-do list at around 10-15 long, I have about 10 discretionary hours per week. Like Gollum in Lord of the Rings, these are preciousssssssss to me. They are fungible like money. I can do, well, whatever I want with them. I choose luxury. Continue reading “I buy $500 per hour guitar lessons: Discretionary time vs money”
Is this second part of a series on Sustainable change for happiness, we will look at the data showing if and how happiness can be changed permanently. In part 1 we examined some basic definitions and questions regarding sustainable change in happiness. It helps to be familiar with the definitions in Part 1. Continue reading “The Pursuit of Happiness Part 2: Intentional Activity”
“Hey are you ok?” I heard as I came to, hand numb from lying in the snow. A slightly familiar face, the guy who hit me, faded in, his voice slowly muted by the nearing ambulance sirens. “I got hit by a truck!” I thought as a wave of nausea gripped me and I swallowed it down before taking inventory of my body.
Continue reading “Getting hit by a truck: Gratitude in the face of adversity”
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Sweet Happiness….. We have an unalienable right to pursue it in the United States, just as much as life, as written in the Declaration of Independence.
How are we to best pursue it? Continue reading “The Pursuit of Happiness Part 1: Can we change our Happiness?”
My wife and I were born into middle classes families that valued education, religion, saving money and trying to be good human beings. We were born in one of the best societies humans have created, possibly at its peak. We live in unprecedented luxury compared with our peers from even 1 century ago much less 3 or more. We have 2 healthy kids and our parents are still alive. We just cannot go on with all that good fortune without feeling like we won the human birth lottery. We as have more than our share of luck, so we decided to give some away. Continue reading “Our $35,000 Christmas gift to ourselves – the Donor Advised Fund”
There is a lot of talk about “lifestyle inflation” which is basically spending the extra money one makes as one gets more advanced in a career, gets a side hustle, inheritance, stock market gains, credit (terrible idea) or whatever. What about the opposite of lifestyle inflation? We voluntarily went through “lifestyle deflation” once we realized that we were spending our way to unhappiness. It’s not as bad as it seems and totally worth the short-term pain to get back on track. Continue reading “The Lifestyle Deflation Paradox – Decrease your lifestyle to increase it.”