Mind Body & Spirit

Need a little Nspiration?

Recently I was asked to visit a family at Norton Hospital whose loved one had just died. When I entered the room, I noticed the patient's wife sitting next to him holding his hand while his brother sat in a chair next to the bed.

After introductions and some prayer, I stayed and visited with the family as they shared stories about the patient’s life. It was a beautiful time of getting to know the man and celebrating his life with his family, even though it was in this very limited manner.

Three good things

With so many challenges in our daily lives and in the lives of those for whom we provide care, it can be easy to focus too much on negative, pessimistic and unhappy attitudes. When we choose to recognize gratitude in our world, our perspective changes and the day gets better. There are so many days, after finishing work or lying down to sleep, that we may forget to take even a minute to be grateful. For these times, author Terry Fralich, writing in “The Five Core Skills of Mindfulness,” helpfully observes:

Studies show practicing gratitude has health benefits

Psychology professor and author Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., University of California at Davis, has been studying the effects of gratitude on physical health, psychological well-being and relationships for more than a decade.

Over the years, Emmons and his colleagues have studied more than 1,000 people ages 8 to 80. In this research, participants are asked to keep a daily “gratitude journal” for three weeks, making note of things for which they are grateful.

Opening up new possibilities in whole-person care

With the conversion of Norton Suburban Hospital to Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital in St. Matthews, patients now have new options open to them in  their health care experience. However, these options are not traditional forms of medicine. They are not pharmaceuticals or exercise regimens or surgical approaches. They are part of a new side of health care, a side that continues to emerge and grow.

Pet therapy programs bring relief, calm to Norton Healthcare facilities

Kosair Children’s Hospital Gynecology Specialists latest facility to introduce pet therapy program

Many Norton Healthcare facilities offer pet therapy programs to aid patients in their healing. Also known as animal-assisted therapy, pet therapy contributes to patients’ mental and physical well-being. Some of these benefits include:

PTSD not isolated to military veterans

Typically when post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) makes the news, it is in connection with a current or former member of the military. What you may not know is that anyone can be affected by this mental health condition.

Millions of people worldwide experience PTSD. Any individual who has gone through a natural disaster, serious accident, violent crime or other traumatic event is susceptible to it.

Bike Safety in Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky was recently included in a USA Today list of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. And, with Mayor Greg Fischer calling for the addition of 40 miles of new bike lanes throughout the city in 2015, it seems the Derby City is set on growing this reputation.

Everyone can benefit from Louisville’s focus on improving the city’s rideability, from experienced riders to biking beginners. Whether you are hitting the streets for the first time or are a seasoned cycler, practicing bike safety at all times is key. Here are the safety essentials to keep you riding happy and healthy: