Project you: Finding your happiness in the veterinary workplace


Stress is your friend, minimalist joy, and whole-hearted living.

The dvm360 team regularly fields book recommendations and "you've got to see this" claims from veterinary friends and colleagues. And we listen to that stuff. Now we're also sharing it with you.

We watched AND read

Brené Brown's TED talk “The Power of Vulnerability” and her book, The Gifts of Imperfection. Bottom line,

we all feel shame. (Well, except psychopaths, so a bit of shame is a good thing, really.) For women, it manifests as needing to do it all-be the best mom, be a great DVM, keep the house sparkling, and who even knows what else-all the time. And never sweat. For men, the mantra is “never appear weak.” And for all of us, there are costs.

We're reading ...

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, written by Greg McKeown and recommended to us by Andy Roark, DVM. Take charge of your energy, your life, and your time by really, really getting your priorities straight. If you're focused on tidying up your life, this might be for you.

OR you could go all-in on getting your (literal) house in order. Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing first has you get rid of anything you don't really, really love, sorting through all the stuff you're storing, one category at a time. (Or dare we say, hoarding?) Then you put things away. Neatly.

We're watching ...

This TED talk from health psychologist Kelly McGonigal, which we believe will literally save our lives. (And yours.) It turns out that people with high levels of stress who believe stress is harmful to their health die. And people with high stress levels who see a stress response as their body helping them cope live. Yep, stress can be your friend. She talks about how.


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