It is the Christmas season, a time to celebrate, a time for family, a time for joy.
Joy is part of the word, en-joy. It's an emotion of happiness; an emotion which comes from optimism.
A recent Harvard study published in the Journal of Epidemiology found that optimistic people live longer. The study leader said that optimism is having the expectation that things will get better.
The expectation that things will get better is a happy thing.
And, understanding your ability to influence your life can increase your joy.
As Wayne Dyer said it, “Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make. Period.”
How free-ing this realization is!! How joyous! You can love yourself more, enjoy your time with others and make the most wonderful decisions for your life, your future.
A Joyous Christmas to you, with so much love,
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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