It’s amazing how time flies. I have now been a clinical supervisor for a whole academic year. There was quite a feeling of achievement at the end of my last session with the year 3 students on bays 4 and 5 at the Exeter site who, after a well deserved summer break will be continuing their education journey in Truro. I was so touched by the gratitude (and very generous and unexpected gifts) given at my final session.
Anyway, onto the real reason for this post. I thought that with an extended summer break about to begin it might be a good idea to share some recommendations for books (or audiobooks) that are worth reading to help promote a good mindset or improve critical thinking or even just inspire and amaze. It doesn’t matter whether you have just finished your first year at dental school or are getting close to retirement, hopefully there will be something on this list that will be relevant for you.
Do you take enough holiday days? Do you even track how many days off you take per year? Prior to my recent move to Pinhoe my honest answer to both of those questions would be “No”. Being self employed and with a family to support it is easy to fall into the habit of allowing months to slip by and not take enough proper downtime, especially if you are like me and try to minimise the number of patients you rearrange unnecessarily. I don’t think I have taken an uninterrupted 2 weeks off since starting as an associate 7 years ago!
Do you have free will?
Or are all your actions purely a consequence of the instinctual neural responses to your environment that you have no control over?
What were you doing this time 6 months ago? According to some surveys it is highly likely that this time 6 months ago you were probably all geared up to start 2018 with some New Year’s resolutions. And according to those same surveys it is highly unlikely you have stuck to them (less than 10% of people make their resolutions stick).
A 2017 Telegraph article suggests that 8 of the top 10 New Years resolutions involve some aspect of getting physically healthier. Whether you have made some kind of health/happiness resolution and got it to stick or failed miserably, it is highly likely that Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s book “The 4 pillar plan” may be of interest to you. It gives a great scientific (but not overwhelming) explanation of the 4 main areas that he has found almost everyone can make simple adjustments to in their daily lives that will result in effective and long lasting improvements to long term wellbeing.
Dr Chris Harper