Your Brain at Work

Your Brain at Work, by David Rock, Harper Collins Publishers, NY. 2016 Although this book was intended for improving performance in the work place, there are important principles that apply to retiring. People’s brains respond in consistent ways through the mediation of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and cortisol. We do have the ability to modulate these neurotransmitters, by paying attention to how we view our circumstances.

In relation to retirement for dentists, an important condition for brain health is self-esteem, or status. In retirement, we may think our status as practicing dentists is gone, unless we consciously recognize that we, in fact, are still dentists. We earned our dental degrees and those letters after our names remain. Other aspects of brain health are discussed too, and these also are important in retirement as well as the workplace.

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