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here are two examples of how the Mood Elevator changes lives
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Thanks so much for sending me Up the Mood Elevator - Living Life at Your Best. I enjoyed reading it so much, and I believe it is a must "read". It provides essential information on the impact your own Mood Elevator has on your individual life, your family and friends, and the culture of your organization. Let me give you my own personal examples. Each day, I am reminded that the single most important role I play at the Wexner Medical Center, is to support our mission to improve people’s lives. I think of that in my actions throughout the day. Like you, I have found that deep breathing provides an important "pattern interrupt", and I use deep breathing as I move from meeting to meeting throughout the day. For me, one of my most important “pattern interrupts” is gratitude and again emphasizes improving people’s lives.

I try to make rounds on patients in the hospital almost every day. As I walk from my office to the hospital, I breathe deeply and think how fortunate I am to be in a position where I can improve the lives of so many. I always find myself to be high on the Mood Elevator after meeting with patients and their families, asking how I can help them and what we can do to make their care better.

As I thought about your discussion of unconditional gratitude, I realized why I loved practicing obstetrics. Over the course of my career, I have delivered thousands of babies and, whether it was in the middle of the night or on a weekend or holiday, I always felt that sense of unconditional gratitude for being placed in a position to be part of the miracle of new life.

Finally, I identified so very personally with your question, "Why did that happen for me?" I developed type 1 diabetes mellitus as a third year medical student. Clearly, that presented many challenges for a physician-in-training and for someone who decided on a career in high risk obstetrics. Nevertheless, when I was training in Boston, I became a patient of Dr. Priscilla White, a pioneer in diabetes care and the woman who created the first programs for women whose pregnancies were complicated by diabetes. Dr. White became my physician, my role model, and my mentor, and I have spent most of my career following in her footsteps. So, developing diabetes was something that certainly happened "for" me. Each year, I have the privilege of speaking to our new medical students on their first day of medical school about my life experiences. The title of that talk is, "A Glass Half Full of Lemonade." I emphasize to them that there will be challenges in their lives but, as you have said, they should be thinking, "Why did this happen for me?"
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Larry, thank you again for sharing your thoughts in your new book with me and so many others.

Dr. Steve Gabbe
CEO, Wexner Medical Center
at The Ohio State University
in life

I was estranged from my husband when I got a copy of your book. I found the content in Up the Mood elevator profound!

Reading your book has put a new prospective on how I would like my life to become. It has awakened a new desire and the faith that life can be as wonderful as our thoughts can make it.

I shared it with my husband and as a result, we reached a new understanding of what our relationship can be. We thank you for the work that you have put in to developing your inner strength and for teaching it to the rest of us. You are a true mentor!

Jane R.
Huntington Beach, CA

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