Of course!! I do!!
Dan Harris, the co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America has written a thoughtful, insightful, and even humorous tale of how he became 10% happier. As a young news anchor, he was plagued by the constant desire to reach further, never feeling satisfied, even self-medicating with “the hard stuff.” Through a series of references, reads, and people – Dan Harris found how to be 10% happier – through meditation. Well, how he changed his paradigm through meditation.
We’ve all experienced chaos in our life, some of us have been able to shift our paradigm to manage the insanity. I have used meditation to get to my happier place!
I encountered this scenario recently: While in clinic I overheard some of staff members saying “how hard it is to work here” – because they have to regularly deal with some pretty bizarre situations. This particular scenario causing grumbling was like a bad comedy…
The phone triage nurse received a call that a patient of ours was “sick,” but was in a different part of the hospital – “what should we do?” Well first, we had to figure out what was actually wrong. So the nurse spoke to a tech – who sent her to a different tech – then to a doctor who explained that the patient had a life-threatening condition (that was unknown to us until just now). Obvious next question, “how does the patient look?” Well, they didn’t know because the patient was already transferred to a different location before they knew about this new issue. So the nurse had to then track her down – aka) more phone transfers – until she finally arranged for the patient to be taken directly to the ED. Phew – the patient was in safe hands at last!
So yes, I did agree with the staff – our jobs are hard sometimes! Yes – we have to deal with some bizarre stuff! Yes – the people we deal with aren’t always nice. But….at the end of this – we potentially saved someone’s life!
One of my favorite motto’s is that “we can’t change what happens to us, only how we handle it.” We can choose to be frustrated and annoyed – – or we can be thankful that we have jobs that let us impact people’s lives in such a major way.
That’s my story, but Dan Harris’ is way more interesting – and much better told! Changing our paradigm is not easy, but Dan Harris went on a personal journey with lots of excellent insights and adventures – that lead to a better understanding of how to be happier – – if only by 10%!
Do you wish you could be 10% happier?