As we approach the end of 2019 and the start of the new year, most people start thinking about making resolutions. Maybe we shouldn’t start until the new year to make those resolutions though. As the holidays are ramping up and we are spending time with family and friends, this can also be a time to take a moment and think about what is truly important in life.

Health and happiness are two things that are important to many people. We should always take time out of our busy schedules and dedicate time for our own health and happiness. Perhaps you need to schedule an office visit for a blood pressure check or well women check or make sure you are updated on cancer screens and vaccinations. Maybe you need to plan a vacation, an evening at the movies with your spouse, or night out with some friends. Perhaps you want to dedicate time to take a daily walk or a take up a specific hobby such as painting. Whatever it is that you think will contribute to your health and happiness, find time for it and make it happen.

There is evidence that saying a daily gratitude or writing down daily gratitude brings greater happiness. Consider keeping a journal of daily gratitude or share gratitude with others by writing thank you notes. Spend time in nature, consider learning to meditate. These are all things that can bring joy and happiness to others and yourself.

Do what brings you joy, do things that are beneficial to your health, and do these things on a daily basis. Health and happiness go hand in hand, as happiness can improve health and wellbeing overall. Whatever it is that brings you joy and happiness, dedicate time for this.  Make resolutions to have a healthy and happy 2020 but start making changes this year so you are ahead of the curve, you deserve it!

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Bridget Hittepole, M.D.

Bridget Hittepole, M.D., is an internal medicine specialist with UofL Physicians. For more than 10 years she has practiced at the UofL Health – Chestnut Street Outpatient Center, where she is currently medical director at the Centers for Primary Care. She sees adult patients in a primary care setting and also has a special interest in obesity medicine and weight management. She completed her residency training in internal medicine at the University of Louisville and graduated from medical school from UofL in 2006. She finds her balance in life by making time for regular exercise and trying to get enough sleep. She is accepting new patients.

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