Quietness and healing

“Quietness promotes healing.” I saw this statement on a poster in the main lobby of a hospital. Having recently served in a Christian Science nursing facility, I could embrace the request to limit unnecessary noise and chatter. After all, who doesn’t desire a bit of peace and quiet when feeling challenged mentally or physically?

The poster, which also included a yellow smiley face with a finger to its lips, was clearly asking for quiet in the physical area, especially when in the patients’ environs. Anything that promotes or contributes to a healing atmosphere is commendable. But I wondered, Is there more to this connection between quietness and healing than just a quiet physical environment?

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