Influences on Well-being: Inherited Cardiac Diseases – Beyond Coping
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Influences on Well-being: Inherited Cardiac Diseases – Beyond Coping

Teaching people the skills and tools for being
able to cultivate well-being and to cultivate resilience long before they even needed
it but certainly long before they ever reach clinical levels of anxiety and
depression, that we can move everybody to the right side of that scale. And so
let’s say you’re even at a positive two most of the time – that’s fantastic but
imagine if we could move you to a positive four or a positive six, then
when those crises come and if you have a chronic disease, you’re navigating a
lifetime ahead of you of challenges and and navigating ground that’s changing
all the time, that then when you hit those crisis periods, rather than going
from say, a zero to a negative five or eight or ten, you can take yourself maybe
from a positive six to a positive two or even a zero but you don’t go
spiral so far down that it takes so long to come back again. So here are some
numbers that I thought would be really interesting to look at and that is what
are the levels of if we look at this as a overall sense of our capacity for good
quality of life for a high level of well-being. How much of that is
influenced by our genetics, how much of it is influenced by our environment and
how much is influenced by our attitude or interpretations about life and I’d
like you, before I go ahead and reveal the next slide, to just assign a number
to that for yourself. When you look at those numbers – fifty percent, forty
percent and ten, in your own mind, what would you think, represents the influence
of genetics on your capacity for well-being in your life,
the influence of environmental factors and the influence of attitudes or
beliefs. And if you’re like most people, chances are, that most people imagine
that genetics make up about 50% and in that case, you would be absolutely right,
if that was what you chose, that environmental factors or situations that
happen to you in your life, represent about 40%, and that beliefs or attitude
or the way we respond to something represents about 10% and that’s the
place that I find most interesting because the actual statistics on it are
that the event or the environmental factors represent about 10% and the
beliefs and reactions represent about 40%. And why is that important to know? Well it’s important because it helps us to understand that we often invest the
majority of our energy in things that we actually can’t control, which is trying
to control outside events or environments, wishing that things were
different than they are, when the truth of the matter is that if we could
harness that same energy and turn it toward our reactions to what’s happening
and even more importantly or equally importantly, to our interpretation of
what’s happening, we could have a profoundly different effect on our
outcome and our experiences with something with negative things that are
happening in our life.

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