Pondering Positivity

One of the complaints that I hear most frequently from medical experts for whom I have done public/media relations is echoed by medical experts I interview: the media is all sensational, doom and gloom. Now, the whys and wherefores of that are probably for another post (or another blog entirely) and I’ve given classes and presentations on how to work well with the media to control the interview, so what I want to say here is that when I write, I really like to write about positive living. Yes, there are health problems that are very serious and people struggle with them. And, yes, there are choices we all can make to be healthier or not-so-healthy. But I really like to cover topics that make it possible for people in just about any situation to choose a healthier, happier way of being alive in this world. And as a result, I try to seek out the kind of news that lets people know that the most basic pleasures in life, such as socializing, laughing, music, being outdoors, and so on have an actual prescriptive value. How would you like it if your doctor handed you a prescription to join a drum circle? Or laugh more? Or go on a hike with friends? Here’s an oldie but a goodie – a story I loved to work on and sometimes reread just to remind myself it’s all good: http://www.everydayhealth.com/womens-health/health-benefits-of-laughter.aspx

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