the right and the easy

This week I attended a conference on healthcare and was struck by the phrase- ‘doing what is easy vs doing what is right’.  The speaker was talking about healthcare and said, ‘Would you call 999, the emergency number, because it is easy or would you go and see the doctor for non urgent things because that is the right thing to do?’  I started thinking about this sort of thing might apply to other areas of our lives, especially moral dilemmas.  But people, when faced with moral dilemmas, usually do what is easy, not necessarily what’s right. In the heat of the moment, it is easy to do something quickly rather than take time to reflect on what the best action might be.

This sort of dilemma also applies to many life situations, including work.  For instance, you see a leaking tap in the office toilet and decide the easy thing is to ignore it since it is the maintenance people who deal with this.  But is it the right decision?  Should you go and report this yourself and save precious water and energy?  Now I try to apply this question to every situation that puzzles me.  But remember, men and women have different moral values and research reveals that women are not more ethical than men.  We are all different- there is no ethical codes to follow, apart from what we decide to do.  Each person has to make their own ethical and personal decision. This is the bit where the ‘easy and the right’ question come in.  So next time you are faced with a situation that bothers you for which you are responsible, ask- “Is this the right thing to do?”

Three easy ways of Brain training


Summer is here and we feel quite lazy, looking forward to holidays and quality time.  But summer can be the ideal time to do brain training, along with physical training.  Here are three easy ways-

1. Use the hand that you don’t write with- so if you are right handed, use your left one to do tasks that you might do with your right, even writing.  This helps the brain to make new connections and think differently.

2. Learn another language- if you are travelling somewhere, try to learn and speak at least some of the words and phrases that you may hear.  Try to speak it too. Again, it has been shown that learning languages helps you become smarter.

3. Sleep more- Sleeping rejuvenates our brains and body.  It has not been found out exactly why we dream but some say that it helps to process our thoughts, questions and emotional issues.  You may find that you can work better with a short siesta of 20 minutes in the afternoon- many eminent scientists have used this technique.