A few days ago, I read this comment from Kimberly and laughed out loud:
To tell you the truth, people ask me all the time how I am always so happy and energetic.
I am generally upbeat and bubbly, and I get excited about everything. (Although I totally have grumpy days- just ask Kyle 😉 )
I think it’s just my personality.
And, it hasn’t always worked in my favor.
At times I rub people the wrong way, or people think I’m being fake or over-the-top.
I also had to learn to tone down my excitement when talking to patients. It is great to bring life and energy to the room, but if someone is sad, or sick, they don’t want to talk to someone who is super-duper energetic.
But what I think contributes most to my happy persona is an attitude of gratitude. That’s why I wanted to write this post. I have learned that even if things aren’t going so well, if I think about how lucky I am and how grateful I am to be living my life, I start to feel happy! When I’m studying and feeling burnt out and bitter about school, I remember how lucky I am to get to study medicine.
Also, I try to do my part in everything I do, and understand that whatever else happens is out of my hands. If I study as much as I possibly can, then however I do on the test is exactly how I was supposed to do- I did my part. If I eat a mainly healthy diet and stay active every day, I know that my body will look the way it’s supposed to look. I may not have six pack abs or be the smartest in my class, but I’ve done my part and I can’t be sad about that!! I remind myself that I’m right where I need to be; that we have enough, we do enough, and we are enough 🙂
There are always times when we aren’t as happy as we normally are. I was miserable studying for the MCAT over the summer in college and during the entire second semester of second year of medical school…
But I try to keep coming back to how fortunate I am. I get to study. I don’t have to. I get to eat healthy. I don’t have to. I get to workout. I don’t have to. I might have to pass up a dinner out with friends because I have an exam coming up, but I still have so much to be thankful for.
Tell me, how to you stay happy? Do you listen to Pharrell? Because that totally helps too!