From a friend
A 2012 study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that higher patient satisfaction was associated with higher spending on overall health care and prescription drugs.
Case in point? Antibiotics.
Dashing off an antibiotic prescription is a win-win for some docs & patients. It saves time for docs and makes patients happy.
However, while takes two minutes to write a prescription, it takes 10 to 15 minutes to explain why you don’t need an antibiotic or why you should do the wait-and-watch or try-a natural approach.
These approaches take time and don’t necessarily make parents happy immediately.
What’s more, overuse of antibiotics is linked to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Each year in the U.S., at least two million people become ill because of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So, how does doctor please his patient, keep cost low and yet not resort to quick fixes and more testing?
Written by a 90 year old Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it.
4. Your friends and family will take care of you when you are sick.. Give them your time.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks.
16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19.. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy clothes. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose life.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need
42. The best is yet to come…
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift."
In 2012, Harvard researchers found associations between optimism, hope, and overall satisfaction with life with reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.
According to latest findings, researchers at the University of Illinois found that an optimistic outlook on life might be good for your heart.
The study analyzed the mental health, physical health and levels of optimism of 5,100 adults ranging from 45 to 84 years of age.
Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:
· Increased life span
· Lower rates of depression
· Lower levels of distress
· Greater resistance to the common cold
· Better psychological and physical well-being
· Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
· Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
HOW TO LIVE POSITIVELY
If you tend to have a negative outlook, don’t expect to become an optimist overnight. But through practice, you can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking.
1. To truly be happy, you have to stop trying. Even stop analyzing or monitoring how positive you are.
2. Start acting like (or at least assume that) you are an optimism. Studies looking at the "fake it till you make it" approach show that it can have a surprisingly strong and immediate effect on your emotions.
3. If you’re not in the mood for “faking it”, make friends with an optimist. He/She will pull you up.
4. If alone, substitute your thought or action with a positive one whenyou realize you’re stuck on the same negative thought.
5. Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging to yourself.
6. Start small: focus on one area to approach in a more positive way.
7. Logically realize that everyone and everything as an end. So you are on a journey. And you can either choose to be happy or sad. If so, you might as well choose to be happy.
8. Just as the Percy Bysshe Shelley poem Ozymandias says, every good or bad phase has an end. “This too shall pass”.
9. Seek humor in everyday happenings. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
10. Exercise at least three times a week to positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn techniques to manage stress.
11. When a good thing happens, pessimists dismiss it as a one-off-event; optimists take the credit. When bad things happen, pessimists blame themselves and expect to suffer a long time, while optimists see bad events as having little to do with them, and as one-time problems that will pass quickly.
12. When you see yourself slipping to pessimism, reframe the problem so that it’s not all your fault. Think of it as a problem to solve. Studies show that persistence leads to more success in school, a fatter paycheck, and a host of other perks.
13. One way of bringing joy, pen a letter of gratitude to someone who has helped you.
Source: Mayo, Prevention, Huffington