Author Archives: Dr. Susan Mathison

Summer’s Last Hurrah! How to get the most out of the season’s final stretch.

We’ve got a few days to squeeze the last few drops out of summer. I don’t know about you, but right about this time, every year, I find myself staring at the calendar in a state of shock, wondering, “Where … Continue reading

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Busy, productive or energized? How do you want to feel today?

“Wow, you sound incredibly happy today!” My friend, on the other end of the phone line, couldn’t help but notice the cheerful sparkle in my voice. “I am!” I said. “I’ve had a great morning. I’ve had a couple of … Continue reading

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Making lemonade: Sweeten up your day with the art of the “re-frame.”

Grant got to help his neighborhood buddy, Eddie, with a lemonade stand this week. Eddie even shared the profits, much to Grant’s delight. As adults, we sometimes make lemonade in a different context. It was Friday morning, and I was … Continue reading

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Want to be every doctor’s “dream patient?”

Every year, The Physicians Foundation collects data from thousands of people to identify the needs of patients, as well as the physicians who serve them. Last year, the survey revealed that…. 84% of physicians feel that the medical profession is in decline. 60% … Continue reading

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How to be every patient’s “dream doctor.”

Every year, big research firms like Gallup roll out new statistics about “patient satisfaction.” Some of the numbers are encouraging. (72% of Americans who have health insurance are “satisfied” with the current U.S. healthcare system. Not too shabby!) Others are a … Continue reading

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3 “innocent” habits that are just as bad for your health as smoking…

We may love the show, but I’m so glad we don’t live in the Mad Men era anymore, when casual smoking at work was a total thumbs up. (Just like hurling offensive comments at female employees, and having a triple-martini … Continue reading

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How to run a happy, productive meeting

Meetings…just the word can elicit eye rolls or acollective groan. But they are vital to effective group communication. Family meetings. Committee meetings. Volunteer meetings. Board meetings. Staff training meetings. In-person meetings. Virtual meetings. Mastermind meetings. Since launching my medical center … Continue reading

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My Summer Bucket List. (What’s on yours?)

Summer is never long enough here in the North Country, but we sincerely appreciate it after our hard winter. Long-time Fargoans (like me) know that summer is something to be treated with the utmost respect — you’ve got to savor … Continue reading

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On Parenting: For Fathers and Mothers

Happy Father’s Day to all good men: fathers, brothers, uncles, grandpas, colleagues, bosses and friends who help raise us up. My dad and brothers just returned from a week-long fishing trip to Canada, a tradition that has spanned more than … Continue reading

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A Few Not So Fun Things About Summer and How To Deal With Each One

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.” — Anita Roddick Anita is right: little things can have a big impact on our communities and individual lives — for better or … Continue reading

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