What is Bringing Science Home?
Bringing Science Home is one of USF Health’s solutions to the challenge of chronic disease education and care. Bringing Science Home listens to people impacted by disease and strategizes solutions to identified problems with them. Our efforts revolve around a single focus: To help people with chronic disease live optimistic and empowered lives.
- Investigate how people touched by chronic disease want to learn about the disease impacting their lives
- Explore how creative approaches to technology can enhance chronic disease learning and care
- Provide unique training for health students and professionals to help them better understand and treat the totality of chronic disease
- Create solutions to address gaps in the marketplace and respond to identified needs.
We use our unique combination of research acumen, communication savvy and emotional intelligence to reach people and impact lives. Our efforts are enhanced by constant collaboration with people impacted by chronic disease.
Bringing Science Home Research
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The Benefits of Optimism and Creativity
Bringing Science Home believes Optimism and Creativity are essential for health and wellbeing when living with a chronic condition. Here is some proof from the literature about the power of optimism and creativity.
“When we choose our attitude in light of what I call true optimism, we actually make three choices: (1) we choose a positive attitude about the situation at hand; (2) we choose an attitude that supports a form of creative visualization about what’s possible; and (3) we choose an attitude that generates passion for the action that makes the possible become a reality.”
“Creativity involves the power to create and bring about change. Creativity involves originality, imagination, inspiration, and inventiveness. The visionaries and pioneers in medicine have always looked for innovative solutions to improve the practice of medicine. Fortunately, creativity is not restricted to great artists, but it can be fostered by training, encouragement, and practice. Creativity is a biological process, and people can be trained to be open to environmental stimuli than can provide opportunities for imagination and ingenuity. Everyone has the power to be creative; while not everyone will paint a masterpiece or write a great novel, everyone can be curious, seek change and take risks.”
“Play is a state of mind, but it is also a state of body, emotion, and spirit. Yes…it is something you do (playing games, swinging, playing “tag”, playing with dolls), but it is also something you watch others do, and gainpleasure from simply watching. It is often described as a time when we feelmost alive, yet it is something we take for granted and may forget to do. It can be entirely positive, or can be dramatic (such as acting out a thrilling or suspenseful activity). Play can be used in many ways to not only stimulate creativity but as a way to transform negative emotions. We are hardwired as adults to engage in play, and it is crucial to our vitality to spend time with play each day.”
*Bringing Science Home is funded by a gift from The Patterson Foundation.