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"Love And Intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well. If a new medication had the same impact, failure to prescribe it would be malpractice. Connections with other people affect not only the quality of our lives but also our survival....

"Awareness is the first step in healing.... Instead of viewing the time we spend with friends and family as luxuries, we can see that these relationships are among the most powerful determinants of our well-being and survival. We are hardwired to help other. Science is documenting the healing values of love, intimacy, community, compassion, forgiveness, altruism, and service—values that are part of almost all spiritual traditions as well as many secular ones. Seen in this context, being unselfish may be the most self-serving approach to life, for it helps free both the giver and recipient from suffering .... Rediscovering the wisdom of love and compassion may help us survive at a time when an increasingly balkanized world so badly needs it."

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