It may have been the greatest gift I’ve ever received as a hospital-based physician, writes Leif Hass. Several years ago, I told a wiry 85-year-old patient named Ms. W. who needed more tests: “This might sound scary, but we have an awesome team to be at your side as we figure this out, and I believe this is something we can beat as a team.” And she said to me: “Oh Jesus, this doctor’s love and your love will heal me. Praise the power of love and the power of God!” As I’ve aged, I’ve learned to see the gifts one can easily miss — and how we are all wonderfully indebted to each other. I routinely give out handwritten “prescriptions for health and happiness” along with prescriptions for medicines. and I prescribe “spread the love” to almost everyone.

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