Happy Holidays and if you are listening to this when it is published, Merry Christmas. Last year for Podcast #127, on Christmas Day we reviewed the importance of family, friends, and colleagues. This year we wanted to discuss the importance of kindness.
We know that rudeness can have a profound impact on our work and personal lives. Scott Weingart interviewed Peter Brindley on this very issue. There have been studies to help support how rudeness impacts medical team performance. However, the role of kindness should not be understated.
Like rudeness, kindness is something we can control. There are many positive benefits to kindness. Our mood improves when we are positive to others and leads to a release of dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins. Being kind can also lead to success in the workplace and decrease stress. In medicine, we have a meaningful profession that has a profound impact on patient's lives. However, how can we help spread kindness?
An article last year from Emergency Medicine News covered five recommendations:
As part of last year's BMJ Christmas edition, seven physicians were interviewed on small acts of kindness that changed their day. It is worth checking. This year's BMJ Christmas edition follows a similar theme about ways that work brings six physicians joy. They can been inspiring and worth the short reads.
Your attitude has a profound impact on those around you. Being kind with them will spread throughout the department. If you are struggling though, this can be challenging. This can be even harder for people during the Holidays. Remember, there are always people out there who want to help you. Never be afraid to reach out.
If you need help and not sure who to turn to, reach out to the suicide prevention and mental health crisis lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or go to their online chat.
The FCC is making 988 the national number in the near future, but it is not yet available.
We hope you have a blessed and safe Holiday season. As Bill and Ted said, "Be excellent to each other."
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