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Practicing Joy!

Practicing joy!
Sounds froo-froo perhaps?
Too hippy or not realistic you conclude?
I used to think so too.
But Actually, it’s not.
Truth is joyfulness is a way to boost your spirit.
It protects your heart!
It boosts your immune system!
It helps you live longer!
It helps reduce pain!
Yes, science has also proven it!
How though? In the midst of a nagging pandemic... with the disappointments that seem to shadow some days or even weeks ...
I’ll be honest... it’s not easy but it is doable!
Like every other important thing ...
inconvenient but necessary...
we start and we do!
One step after the next!
So here are the steps...daily steps
1. “ I’m thankful for (insert every blessing little or small)... say it out ... might even seem weird but try it!
2. Add a dance ... a small shuffle ... can be side to side or a Bob of the head.
Yes add music 
3. Reflect on past victories! You are a sum-total of challenges overcome...
The school you feared you’d fail but graduated from.. the medical diagnoses you beat and are still beating ...
Motherhood and how you’re still surviving and thriving in it ..
Getting the covid vaccine and not morphing to an alien...
The list is really endless...
Marinate on the Joy of overcoming it!
We tend to skip that part and look for the next worry to worry about ...when in fact we have overcome so many fears in our not-too-distant past!
We all are on this journey.
I pray for joy for each and every one of you (and me too ) and for many more reasons to bask in joy!
Joy from the inside out!
In health AND Joy!
Dr Olabintan
PS: please share this with someone who’d be encouraged by this.
Dr. Tolulope Olabintan MD, AAHIVS, FAAFP, dipABLM Dr. Tolulope Olabintan is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of Livingspring Family Medical Center. She is a Christian, Family Physician, writer, mentor, mother and wife. She takes joy in empowering her patients and readers to live their fullest lives possible. She helps patients live long and well as she believes that the quality of life is just as important as the quantity of life. She is also a foodie and loves the colors teal and orange. Dr. Olabintan completed her medical degree at UMDNJ Rutgers Medical School in 2007. Dr. O went on to finish her Family Medicine Residency from Albert Einstein College of Medicine Family Medicine residency where she also served as a Chief Resident. She then went on to complete a women’s health/surgical obstetrics fellowship at St Francis hospital in 2011. She is a board-certified Family Physician, Lifestyle Medicine, a HIV specialist and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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