“What are you grateful for?”

I’m going to start my patient visits this next week with that one question.

At each patient visit I often ask them what they do, who they live with, do they feel safe and, as an obstetrician/gynecologist, any number of other lifestyle questions about smoking, drinking, drug use, and sexual partners.

Since it is that time of year to ponder those things that we are thankful for, I thought a simple question like this might be a good way to get to know the patient a little better as an individual and what’s important to them.  It may just make those patients who are having a rough time in some area of their lives recognize the positives.

The more I am simply grateful for the little things in my life, the happier and healthier I feel and I plan to see how this reflects on my patients these next few days before Thanksgiving.

Each day, think about the simple things that you are grateful for…not just this time of year but all year.