The season of giving is upon us. And no matter your religious, philosophical or political leanings, one thing is clear this time of year – people throughout the land look for opportunities to help others, and help themselves wrap up the year on the right foot. So with that in mind, we thought we'd suggest three simple, dental-oriented ideas that can help you start the promise of the year a bit early, and in good stead.
The Wish: There’s really no better wish to ask for, regardless of the season, than good health. With that in mind, we’d like to point you to a marvelous resource developed with the health of you and your entire family in mind – the Patient Connect website (www.patientconnect365.com). A repository of knowledge about how to protect your mouth and body throughout life, the Patient Connect Health Topics section is certainly worthy of your time. Over the years, we’ve realized many people are just not as informed as they should be about the effects of certain habits they may possess, or of better ways to take care of their teeth. This section of the website was built with that in mind. Check it out, and make that wish for good health in the New Year a certainty.
The Gift: Over the past few years, you may have become aware of charity organizations like Mercy Ships, which assist children and adults in poor areas of the world with mouth and facial reconstruction surgery. In certain parts of the world, children who grow up with these concerns are often shunned from their villages and grow up to lead ostracized lives with little hope to regain entry to a society where being a part of the community is a fundamental factor to living. During this season of giving, perhaps you might consider a donation to a charity, or cause in which you believe, in exchange for something you might purchase for yourself. The internal reward we experience when we give to others in need always remains with us for far greater a time than does our latest gadget choice, so consider helping someone or some charity you hold dear this season.
The Goal: Goals are commonplace this time of year, and many times we don't quite make it through to fulfilling most of them. Even something as simple as flossing nightly easily falls prey to life's ordered chaos. To fare a little better this year, consider checking out a few books that offer great actionable advice that can help you stay on top of our commitments, reign in distractions and battle that ever weakening “muscle” named willpower. This way, you can actually floss and save your teeth for later in life. Here are our two of our favorites to get you started: Getting Things Done, by David Allen; and, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney. There are more tips and tricks in these books to last a lifetime. Enjoy!
Have a truly wonderful close to your year, and we wish you a pleasant, joyful, successful New Year to come.