Work & Life Balance

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What Yoga Taught Me about the Trap of Comparison

Here's what yoga taught Dr. Helane Fronek about our drive to compare ourselves with others.

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Got Passion?

You can maintain a love for work as a vein specialist, but a decades-long career can lead to burnout. Where can you find passion in a career in medicine?

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The Best Time to Plant a Tree

How much more joy might we feel, excitement might we experience, or inspiration might we become for others if we planted those trees in our lives?

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2013 Just Might Be the Year for Some Resolutions

As the new year approaches, we often consider how our lives could be different. Unfortunately, as many of us have experienced, those well-intentioned ideas rarely serve to change anything, especially our sense of being able to follow through on our resolutions! As Patterson, et. al., discuss in Chan ...

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Try A Little Mindfulness

Have you noticed that word mindfulness popping up in all sorts of places lately? As busy healthcare professionals, we are mindful of many pressing things – the worried patients in our waiting room, the unread stack of journals, the charts waiting to be signed. I imagine that just being reminded ab ...

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The Opposite Is Also True

I recently spent an hour with a confused patient whose physician had quickly scheduled a procedure without much explanation. Increasingly squeezed for time, even those physicians who tend toward explanation may leave this part out of the patient encounter. Still, I was filled with irritation and tho ...

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Looking For the Perfect Gift

The holidays will soon be upon us — and with them, the stress of finding that perfect gift for our families, friends, colleagues and employees. Advertising comes at us from all angles, and we wonder what each person on our list might cherish or find useful. I would like to suggest a daring plan t ...

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Making the Most of Our Lives Use the UIP as your First Experiment!

As Gretchen Rubin muses in her delightful and inspiring book, The Happiness Project, the days are long but life is short. (That is also the reason why we're wisely encouraged to eat dessert first!)

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Power of People

During his inaugural address, President Obama repeated the words, “We, the people,” many times. He evoked a sense of collective and personal responsibility and encouraged us to use our power to enact change. But too often, we actually feel powerless in our lives. So, how can we change that condi ...

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The Journey to Our Destination Often Holds Many Riches

Physicians are achievement oriented. We strive, we accomplish, and then we strive for something else. But there is so much between the striving and the accomplishing that we would benefit from investigating, acknowledging and appreciating.

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