Government interference, mounting regulations, less time with patients, technology overload, and other factors make it difficult to be a doctor today. Here are 20 famous quotes to provide inspiration.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
Based on the high readership and strong comments regarding my recent e-columns about physician stress and unhappiness, I believe that I’ve hit on a very sore but serious topic.
Today’s doctors are some very gloomy guys and gals. Since I follow the medical profession with more than a passing interest, I can’t say I blame them.
Government interference, mounting regulations, less time with patients, technology overload, stagnant incomes, rising practice costs, declining prestige, and a changing medical marketplace are just a few of the causes of their misery.
What is happiness? Each doctor, of course, must find that within themselves. To get your heart and mind moving in a useful direction, here are 20 very telling quotes on the matter:
1. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”
2. “Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”
3. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.”
4. “Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.”
5. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”
6. “Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.”
7. “Happiness is not a goal; it’s a by-product.”
8. “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”
9. “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”
10. “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.”
11. “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”
12. “Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.”
13. “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”
14. “Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur every day than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”
15. “The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.”
16. “Success at the highest level comes down to one question: Can you decide that your happiness can come from someone else's success?"
17. “A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”
18. “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.”
— Andrew Carnegie
19. “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”
20. “Happiness never decreases by being shared.”