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The Secret to Being a Happy Dentist

Neeraj Khanna DDSOne of the nice things about practicing complete dentistry is the ability to create a “balanced” life.  The Dawson Academy's dental ce courses teach that work, play, worship, and love are the core elements of this balance.

Regardless of what you do for a living, creating a balance is very challenging.  I was speaking with a patient during a routine hygiene examination, who is a clinical psychologist. I shared with her the concept of a balanced life and she interrupted me saying, “There is no such thing as a balanced life”.

Her reasoning was simple.  People have tendencies of feeling guilt or regret when they attempt to create a balanced life because they usually fail or cannot realistically fulfill all obligations.   She continued by asking me to think differently.

Instead of focusing on creating balance, focus more on the quality of time spent, rather that the quantity.   In other words, instead of questioning the amount of time spent with work or play, focus on the energy used and what you accomplished during that time.  If you truly believe that the time you spent was satisfying and you dedicated your energy appropriately, then it is fair to say that you may also feel content.  This feeling allows us to move on to the next element of life.

We all have busy lives, but sometimes it’s nice to have a different perspective on how to look at things.  Sometimes that’s all it takes to make things better.

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Neeraj Khanna, D.D.S. is a senior faculty member and study club leader at The Dawson Academy. Dr. Khanna also owns his own practice, Khanna Dentistry, in Geneva, Illinois, which provides comprehensive dental services, including cosmetic and restorative dentistry.