In visiting with many of you during your visits to MedCenter TMJ, I have been impressed with the light many of you carry with you, despite your hardship and pain. I make particular note of those who amid personal challenges and pain, still find a way to smile and enjoy life, counting the blessings they receive and focusing on the positive.
Why should we be grateful? Believe it or not, scientist have investigated the health benefits of being grateful for quite some time. Some of these benefits are the natural result of having a positive attitude. Those who are grateful tend to have better protective health behaviors, such as regular exercise, doctors visits, and a healthy diet. But the attitude of gratitude will also decrease your level of stress.
Cultivating feelings of thankfulness can tremendously improve how you cope with your problems and the stresses of life. Optimism comes with gratitude. Research has shown optimism can actually improve your immune system. Immune cells and healing time improve for those with a positive and grateful attitude. It would be wise for each of us to find time each day to be grateful. We can all find something to be grateful for.
I am grateful for my position at MedCenter TMJ, and to work alongside Dr. Auvenshine. He is a man who truly cares for his patients. We are all so blessed to have his influence in our lives. It is his persistence and hard work that has made MedCenter TMJ possible. So many lives have benefited from his thoughtful care and ingenuity. His treatment philosophy is unique and effective. To have come under his wing has been one of the greatest blessings of my life.
As we close the Summer, and open the Fall, let us focus on the positive. Look for opportunities to be grateful, and share your gratitude with your friends and neighbors. As we lift eachother, we will be lifting ourselves. I thank each of you for the trust you have placed in us. We have the world’s greatest patients.
Nathan J. Pettit, DMD, MSD
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics