Just this January, WebMD published a blog about positive thinking, perhaps they knew we would need a larger dose of the power of positivity in the upcoming months! There is a relationship between positive thinking and wellbeing including a longer life span, greater resistance to illnesses, better stress management, clearer thinking, and more creativity.
There are daily journals and morning huddle emails devoted to sharing words of wisdom, including dental-specific morning huddle emails. We love to give advice to others! Partly because yes, we do feel better when we give others advice. The very act of sharing our own knowledge and life lessons gives us a sense of being valued within a community and studies show it increases our own sense of power. It isn’t just one sided. When sharing advice is done well, said with thoughtful intent and received with an open mind, both parties will benefit according to Harvard Business Review.
With LANAP-trained clinicians from all over the country and world from different backgrounds and specialties, we asked them to share the best advice they have been given… the one nugget that they would pay forward to someone else. We think their answers definitely share the spirit of the power of positivity and wellbeing:
Go For It!
“If there is even a slight chance at getting something that will make you happy – risk it! Life’s too short, and happiness is too rare.”
- Samia Suleiman-Ata, DDS, MS | Elite Dental Specialists
“Whatever you do – give it 110%”
- Jonathon Van Dyke, DMD, MA | Island Tower Dentistry
“Failure is one step closer to success. Do not be afraid to make a mistake.”
- Daniel Han, DMD | Han & Ahn, DMD, PC
“Growing up, one of the most valuable tidbits that has stuck with me has been my dentist telling me ‘I only want you to brush the teeth you want to keep.’ Every night that I didn’t feel like brushing my teeth because I was tired – his words would ring in my ear.”
- Radha Patel, DMD | Dental TLC
In Business and Life
“The best piece of advice that I’ve been given would be The Golden Rule – treat others how you want to be treated. It is a philosophy that I strive to live by and one that I encourage my children to practice.”
- Jennifer Zavoral, DMD, MPH | Mahoning Valley Periodontics and Dental Implants
“Treat your patients like your family. When making treatment recommendations and providing treatment, take the same time, the same care, and the same consideration you would when treating your own family.”
- Grant King, DDS, MDS | Periodontal Associates of Memphis
“I think that it is important to call and check on patients the night after a surgical procedure. This is a great time to answer additional questions and reinforce important information.”
- Kyle Trammell, DMD | Trammell Periodontics
“The long-term successful results that patients have speaks for itself.”
- Michael Kreitzer, DMD | Stoner Periodontic and Implant Specialists
“Of the course of our lives, we receive guidance from amazing mentors. The best thing we can do to honor the people who influence us is to pay it forward. Whether it is professionally or personally, helping others is the best way to honor what we have been given.”
- Kirk Noraian, DDS, MS | Kirk W. Noraian, DDS, MS, PC
What is the one piece of advice that you were given, that you would want to pass forward?