Attitude of Gratitude

Are You Up for an Attitude of Gratitude?

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Most of you would agree that the medical office interview typically focuses on negative questions, such as, “What hurts?”  “What’s bothering you?”  “Are you still sleeping poorly?”

But what if you asked a positive question, such as “What’s going well for you?”  It turns out that articulating gratefulness may improve a patient’s well-being even more than all the medicine or counseling you can provide.  There is a fair body of evidence that people who maintain an “attitude of gratitude” tend to be happier and healthier than those who do not.  They have more energy, are more optimistic, have more social connections, and are less likely to be depressed or drink too much.

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What are you grateful for?

 

Published June 27, 2012