Balance Roundup: 12 February 2014

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good roundup post, and I’ve been reading some fantastic stuff recently. So, I’ve lined up a few of my favorites to share with you.

My Monday post this week was inspired by several things. One of them was this article by Carolyn Thomas of Heart Sisters. She explores the cost of a “positive attitude” for heart patients. I think that her ideas apply to many of us.

Because this issue of our expectations for ourselves (and from others) is so important, I’m coming at it from several angles. Beth L. Gainer takes a look at a different side of the “positive attitude” issue in her post about putting on her game face for doctors’ appointments.

Both of those posts remind me of the pressure that we put on ourselves.  Rosie Molinary captures that idea in her post about “letting go of perfect.”

If we are taking the pressure of ourselves in terms of perfection, perhaps we can also explore the idea that we’re doing some things right. Jonathan Fields offers a lovely reminder of how valuable it can be to allow ourselves to accept thanks.

And Dr. Kathleen Hoffman explores the construction of “happiness”–another expectation that we often feel pressure to reach.

Andrea Goldberg offers some practical suggestions for those of us trying to manage our expectations in this post about realistic optimism.

Finally, I had to share this post from Julie Steele of Strata.  I am all fired up about the idea she presents of Health 3.0–a holistic approach to health care that values and integrates the whole person.  Who knew, I’ve been Health 3.0 for years without knowing it! 🙂

Do you have a favorite post to share?  I’d love to see it.

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