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Definitely, positively half full

July 10, 2009

(photo by Joe Howell)

According to Wikipedia, researchers have found that “positive emotions help people who were previously under stress relax back to their physiological baseline.”

To locate VMC optimists, we sent an e-mail to VMC managers asking for the names of any employees who stick out as dependably upbeat.

• Emily Powers' breast cancer has been in remission for eight years.

“A sense of humor is a wonderful buffer against any kind of adversity. Having a sense of humor and being able to see the positive side of things will lengthen your life,” said Powers, a receptionist for Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. “Every day to me is a gift. I'm very glad to be here.”

Powers asked whether we had heard about the new Jewish-Japanese restaurant on 2nd Avenue. … “It's called So Sue Me,” she said. Powers also passes on this economic tip from her father: take care of your pennies and your dollars will take care of themselves.

• Harold Kendrick, is a family and guest services representative at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

“Personally, the recession hasn't hurt me one iota. But I can see people are hurting. I can see the frustration and agony walking in the front door every day,” said Kendrick, who works at the hospital entrance.

“I'm not an eternal optimist, but I take pride in being positive. Not to play the armchair philosopher, but after a certain point in life you come to see the broader picture of what's important for yourself. … My attitude is that things can be done, and when they can't, you can always look forward to when they can be. I always feel better when I'm working toward a positive outcome, however small it may be.”

• As a financial manager for three Vanderbilt patient care centers, Diane Gilbert deals with finances professionally.

“I saw today that 93 percent of mortgages are being paid on time,” she said.

“That's pretty good. We seem to love bad news these days. Years ago, everyone saw the glass as half full, but now everyone likes to see it as half empty, even when it's only a quarter empty.

“I have a great faith in God and a family that I love dearly, and the rest is just details. Small details at that. I don't live my job; what happens here is only a small part of my life.”

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