Medical Care, a platform for flourishing in life
Life is all about survival and happiness. What motivates a human being to do anything is somehow related to desire for survival and quest for happiness. Happiness or well being is a feeling that comes from experiencing positive emotions and overall sense of satisfaction in life. The positive emotions, healthy relationships, life purpose, engagement and accomplishment are the necessary elements for well being and happiness.
Human species are social species and wired in for connection with others for their survival and happiness. Scientific studies have proven this connectivity through bio behavioral, neuro-scientific and brain functional MRI studies. Synchronized activation of similar regions of our brain as well as synchronized hormonal surge during experiencing similar events have been documented. These shared positive human experiences could act as an intrinsic reward system to encourage and motivate us to do more, stay connected and help others for survival and happiness.
In our new health care system, health professionals have an extremely stressful and exhausting profession with grinding physical and emotional duties as well as daunting tasks of compliance with growing policies, procedures, rules and regulations. This has not only resulted discontent and burnout health professionals and dissatisfied patients but also created disruption in their interconnection. The sacred patient-health professional relationship has been damaged so medical care feels unrewarding.
In contrary, medicine could be a remarkable platform for wellbeing and flourishing of health professionals. It`s a profession with strong values and purpose that requires mastery, engagement, strong relationships and team work. It is all about giving and helping others, creating connections, engaging in daily challenges of patient care and accomplishing goals by solving those challenges. Even though medicine involves pain and suffering, illnesses, fear and despair, when it does combine with compassion, care and kindness it has the potential to create amazing human experiences. The feeling of pride, honor and contentment in health professionals which emerge from positive patient experiences, seeing their smile and happiness, their sense of gratefulness, appreciation and affirmation of the very essence of humanity.
If the health professionals appreciate the real value and purpose of the patient care, change their mind set and perceive the struggles as just daily challenges to embrace and resolve, practice the essence of humanity in their care, create positive experiences and savor them, it would lead them to wellbeing and flourishing life. It also creates the opportunity to transform the culture so everyone has the ability to thrive and flourish towards a “full life”.
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