It’s the day before Thanksgiving and, to be honest, we are already focused on the upcoming holiday.
We have been spending a lot of time with this video How to Toothpaste. The video was made by Vi Hart, a self-described “Recreational Mathemusician” and therefore this video is purely aesthetic, rather than clinical in nature. Still, we are of the opinion that this is the finest existential toothpaste video we have ever seen.
Perhaps you’ve heard the advice that a good way to increase your likelihood of success is to visualize yourself succeeding. Sure it’s fun to fantasize about winning that award or fitting into those skinny jeans, but is that really increasing your effectiveness at meeting those goals?
Over at the 99u blog, Gregory Ciotti wrote about the role of visualization in building habits that stick. Turns out that fantasizing about results is not very helpful, but visualizing the steps necessary to get those results can make a difference:
Researchers found that those participants who engaged in visualizations that included the process of what needed to be done to achieve the goal (ex: fantasizing about learning another language, by visualizing themselves practicing every day after work) were more likely to stay consistent than their peers (that visualized themselves speaking French on a trip to Paris). The visualization process worked for two reasons:
Planning: visualizing the process helped focus attention on the steps needed to reach the goal.
Emotion: visualization of individual steps led to reduced anxiety.
We think a lot about developing habits, especially those that can help patients improve their oral health. Have you had success with coaching patients to adopt healthy habits? Leave your suggestions in the comments.
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. Not sure how many words this video of gerbils on a train is worth, but if it helps more kids to get the message about the importance of brushing, then we think it might just be priceless.
This clip is just one from a partnership between the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, which includes the ADA and 35 other dental organizations. Find more clips and information at 2min2x.org.
The New Dentist Reception is a casual gathering at Annual Session where you can connect with colleagues and meet up with old friends.
The reception takes place Friday, November 1 (5:30-7 p.m.) at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive. Originally built in the 1820s as a sugar refinery, Generations Hall is an easy walk from the convention center.
New dentists and dental students are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 each (limit two per person) and include light fare and drinks. Guests must be 21 years of age or older. You may purchase tickets when registering for Annual Session at ADA.org/session. The New Dentist Reception is code E001.
The New Dentist Reception is provided by the generous support of Wells Fargo.
(Connecticut dentist Washington Sheffield’s) innovation of packing toothpaste into collapsible tubes not only was more efficient—a person could squeeze out only as much as he or she needed—and kept the toothpaste from drying out, but it also was much more hygienic—previously toothpaste had come in porcelain jars into which all the members of a household dipped their brushes.
Big dreams are great, but if you don’t create space in your life for making progress toward them, then they’re fantasies, not goals. That’s a quote from productivity expert Laura Vanderkam who goes on to write: Build an accountability system–a friend, a group, an app–that will make failure uncomfortable. If you’ve got a run scheduled(…)
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It’s the day before Thanksgiving and, to be honest, we are already focused on the upcoming holiday. We have been spending a lot of time with this video How to Toothpaste. The video was made by Vi Hart, a self-described “Recreational Mathemusician” and therefore this video is purely aesthetic, rather than clinical in nature. Still,(…)
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