We love the very important messages and funny creativity of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. It teaches young and old about the importance of doing things for the right reasons, and about the real reasons for the season.

It also teaches a lesson about not judging things to quickly. Like the Grinch dismissed participating in Christmas, we find that many people dismiss participating in clinical trials. Clinical research is important for all of mankind. This is how better medicines and better treatments come into existence, for the benefit of everyone.

While we don’t think people avoid joining clinical trials because their hearts are “two sizes too small,” there may be some misconceptions behind their decision.

After all, the Grinch didn’t really understand Christmas, right?

The Grinch saw the Whos and distrusted their activities, and didn’t want to participate. Some people look at clinical trials distrustfully, wondering how safe they are, and how much it really matters. Others simply don’t have any idea how they can get involved.

In reality, the clinical trial environment in the United States is very safe. Multiple levels of precautions are always taken to ensure the safety of patients. Humans are never introduced into studies until years of research is already performed.

Another Grinchy misperception is that clinical trials don’t really need your help. In fact, researchers always struggle to find enough qualified individuals to complete their important research. Many trials need people with specific characteristics, and it can take a long time to find those people. For example, a trial examining a new treatment for herniated discs in the back will need participants with a history of back problems.

Like the Grinch who found the joys of Christmas once he was finally involved, many people find great benefits from participating in clinical trials. Not only are they furthering medical science, but many times clinical trials offer financial compensation. Not to mention, participants often receive breakthrough medical treatments.

This holiday seasons, consider researching clinical trials to join. Who knows, your heart might grow just a little.