Tuesday, getting ready for work. Standing in the shower, it hit me. I couldn't remember the last time I wanted a drink. I almost got a blob of conditioner in my mouth as I snorted out loud. “Mom, you OK?” "Yeah, baby, I'm great." Incredible, actually. Like so many, my habit of using external things to feel better was well ingrained. As a kid, I'd sneak ziplock bags of homemade cookies. In residency, stress eating ...

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What is coaching? It's a conscious effort to notice and evaluate how our thinking impacts our experiences, how perspective shows up in the results of our life. Coaching has been integral to fields other than medicine for many years. Yet, many physicians don't know much about it — much less anything about its potential to radically transform the culture of medical training and our experiences in health care. It's time we caught ...

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Martin Seligman, PhD, in his book Authentic Happiness, references a colleague, Mike Csikszentmihalyi, when discussing the concept of “flow.”  For Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi, flow is that feeling one gets when fully engaged or “in the zone” with an activity during which the passage of time seems suspended.  Often, the activity is aligned with one’s natural, signature strengths. For me, flow comes when I’m mountain biking: There are moments without thoughts, it’s just ...

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