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The health advantages of expressing affection to loved ones has been proven in two research studies. Floyd et al. (2007) showed that people who wrote out their affectionate thoughts and feelings to their loved ones significantly reduced their cholesterol levels compared to others who simply spent the time writing down mundane daily tasks.
In the studies, the participants only wrote for three twenty minute sessions over a 5-week period. Can you imagine the health and mental health benefits that accrue to a person with Emuna, who believes in the importance of speaking lovingly to himself and others all the time? Or, to a person who speaks daily words of love and praise to his G-d?
The goodness of G-d is omnipresent. He has the power to cure all wounds and illnesses. He has the additional advantage of always being available. Hashem shines His greatest Light between two people who express their love for one another. Physical distance is immaterial. We're even doing it over cyber-space!
Bye the way, if you'd like to be friends on facebook don't be shy. All you've got to do is request it here!
Dr. Zev Ballen