Great topic discussion Nel ! Thanks ! I do several things to empower myself:
1, I fire any doctor who doesn't listen to me and/or discuss my ideas and thoughts about MY treatment plan. As a result, I now have amazing doctors ! I feel empowered !
(I know that may not be as easy in other countries with different health plans. I take full advantage of my power to fire any doctor.)
2. I have control over my happiness, so I read articles and books on what makes people happy and it is fascinating what our brain and body does in response to positive, happy feelings. I recommend this book that includes neuroscience info: The Happiness Advantage
3. I smile as often as possible and put forth a positive attitude that has inspired my friends and family - I also have an auto immune disease - Psoriatic Arthritis that has been a continual menace causing a hip replacement in Nov 2014.
4. I'm always looking for ways that I, me, myself, can improve my health. I volunteer and help others. Many articles show that volunteering, helping others, makes you healthier. Here are 2 excerpts from articles (note that it helps people feel control over their health)
UnitedHealth Group commissioned a national survey of 3,351 adults and found that the overwhelming majority of participants reported feeling mentally and physically healthier after a volunteer experience.
- 80 percent of them feel like they have control over their health
- 76 percent of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering has made them feel healthier
- 94 percent of people who volunteered in the last twelve months said that volunteering improved their mood
- 78 percent of them said that volunteering lowered their stress levels
- 96 percent reported that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life
- About a quarter of them reported that their volunteer work has helped them manage a chronic illness by keeping them active and taking their minds off of their own problems
Volunteering: The happiness effect
Helping others kindles happiness, as many studies have demonstrated. When researchers at the London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and measures of happiness in a large group of American adults, they found the more people volunteered, the happier they were, according to a study in Social Science and Medicine. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy—a hike in happiness comparable to having an income of $75,000–$100,000 versus $20,000, say the researchers.