Welcome!

Congratulations

to the Class of 2022 on starting their first week at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. And little known fact, this congratulations applies to each and every one of you, too, wherever you are; whatever it is you are doing today. You made it there; you made it through something to get there. And I am so excited for you, and to see your continued growth.

At every step of the journey, remember:

  • You are here because you can do this (and you can do great things)!
  • We – everyone in the Harvard community, even beyond Boston – are here for you.
  • Now is the time to get involved. Connect as dentists with doctors, pharmacists, and social workers; connect as doctors with dentists … You have an opportunity to change the future of health care by choosing to be active and involved.
  • Maintain balance. Find what brings you joy and hold onto it. That is a special part of who you are that will resonate with your patients at a level a prescription pad and dental drill never will.

And reach out to me, family, someone near at any time. You are never alone on this journey. 

© 2018 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

 

 

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I hope you dance

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Whatever today holds for you – a cup of tea or a night out with friends – I hope you see it with beauty. I hope you cherish each moment. I hope, wherever life finds you, you choose to dance.

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Take That Back: A simple game to refresh your life

I come to life

on a comedy stage, with a suggestion, and a promise of a good laugh. I come to life on a dance floor, with country music, and a group of new or old friends. I come to life at home, with a pen and a paper, and too many words to decide on just one to come next. I come to life in a clinic, with a child, a few stickers, and a toothbrush in hand.

But do I have to be in those specific situations to feel alive, to feel energized by life? Am I less alive through the rest of my days?

No way! 

Because it’s not the place or the situation that brings light to our eyes. It’s our own mindsets. It’s our willingness to free ourselves from restraints and to gift ourselves the joy of life in every moment. It’s the decision to let the worry, stress, and clutter of life pause so that we can just be, and just breathe.

And it’s the forgiveness we offer ourselves when we choose the wrong path and end up locked in a challenging moment.

There’s a game we play in improv comedy called ‘Take that back.’ Essentially, when you say a statement, the coach, at any moment, can demand that you ‘take that back.’ Say you just exclaimed your love for fried fish. Well, take back that love … so now you commit to a love of rolling chairs. Say you just whined about your character’s lost keys. Well, take back that emotion … and now you are overjoyed about your character’s lost keys. Standing in an objective position, the coach can see what helps and hurts the scene, and can guide you to success with just a touch of ‘take that back.’

And with practice, you can do the same in your own life!

Start noticing how you feel throughout the day. Check in with yourself when you wake up, when you are on the bus. Check in with yourself when you have work sitting before you. Pay attention to those moments when time just feels like it is dragging through mundane and tiresome tasks, or when time is lost to ‘spacing out’ of the moment. Pay attention to each moment.

After noticing for awhile, letting the awareness grow more natural, start to ‘take back’ your experience. Say you woke up with the thought, “It’s Monday morning. Ugh. The early alarm, the trudge through traffic, the full week of work ahead.” You feel tired and weary. You’re already counting down the days of the week. Sure, you could try to let that thought pass, but your body has already responded to the negativity. You’re already feeling weak.

Which is the perfect time to tell yourself, ‘Take that back!’

So you start again, opening your eyes, thinking, ‘It’s Monday morning! Yes! An early start, a productive day, and so much I can accomplish. This will be great!’

Already, you feel energized. Already, you feel hopeful. Already, you are wondering what great things will come of the week instead of reminiscing about the past weekend or anticipating the next. Already, you are more alive and free of your thoughts in the moment.

It’s not an easy exercise to use on yourself. (There’s a reason improv teams use a coach!) But it’s an exercise you can learn and build into your life, and, if you try it right now, just for kicks and giggles, I guarantee* you will experience a momentary transformation in the experience of your day.

*Restrictions apply. Must have your own capacity to set back time in order to complete the guarantee refund of reading this post. And if you have that capacity, YOU JUST INVENTED TIME TRAVEL. DO SHARE, PLEASE!

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© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Body Positive Women Do These 10 Things Every Day!

We have all been there: ten minutes before a party, throwing every dress on the floor trying to find the magical one that doesn’t make our backside too large or our stomach too prominent. Yeah, so we bought a dress for this occasion just last week, but suddenly, it doesn’t fit right.

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And it’s not because our bodies have changed! Rather, it’s because our mindset has changed.

Maybe we are a bit more tired this evening. Maybe we had a rough day on the job. Whatever it is, we lost sight of how drop-dead gorgeous we are inside and out! And it’s time we get that body confidence back.

So I went straight to the experts — the women in my life — and compiled a list of the 10 Things Body Positive Women Do EVERY DAY!

CLICK HERE to read the blog post on the Psych Central World of Psychology Blog.

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.