The Acute Impact of Happiness Following Hurricane Katrina
We saw a similar, albiet more acute, impact of happiness following
Hurricane Katrina when we were working in the Medical Triage Unit
located at the New Orleans Convention
Center. I've previously described Augie's story (read
and see his picture) and the impact that that he had on all of us.
He was the type of person that smiled with his entire body. When he
smiled, everyone within a 10 foot radius smiled with him. He had lost
all his belongings other than three garbage bags and six blankets.
Despite having nothing, he gave us something of immeasurable worth:
happiness and love.
In these days of both economic and healthcare challenge it will do us
well to remember that we, as individuals, have the possibility to
impact the system at large. What type of a legacy will you leave?
Dan Diamond, MD
Director, Katrina Medcial Triage Unit New Orleans Convention Center
Competing interests: No competing interests