Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade offers ideas for maintaining your mental health.
You know there's an old song that goes, "I Wish you Love...." That could be the best Christmas wish for anyone and for the world. What if the angels would dust everyone and everything with love ? People would help each other. Couples and politicians would compromise in a way to make each other happy. Rich people would help poor people directly because they want to, yes, voluntarily.. Countries would understand and act on the idea of human rights. Gangs and druggies would seek rehabilitation. People who persist in theri sick behaviors, mean habits and passive-aggressive defiance would soften up and accept help. If only...
Looking for some good news and hopeful signs, there are people who provide for the less fortunate , like the guy who distributes $100 bills to restaurant servers and people on the street or people who go on missions to wartorn or devastated areas to help, and doctors who do free operations in underdeveloped countries. There are fantastic medical advances and grants for clinical trials which save lives, organ donation banks, and bodies donated to medical schools for study. There is community support when something goes terribly wrong, like a shooting or fire. There are support groups for people struggling with addictions and grief. We are not alone in the world.
So, as we seek wisdom and balance over this holiday season, let's take a moment to send some love into the world and appreciate any love we can send back.