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Of course, we often think we have to get sick literally in order to get the rest or pleasure we need in our lives. Bobbie and I therefore taught our children when they were younger that if they needed a day off from school, they should just say that and take a health day, not a sick day. That made them look at life differently. I think all of us need to rethink our attitudes toward health and sickness.

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Bernie S. Siegel, MD, is an American medical doctor, retired surgeon, and author focusing on the mind-body connection, specifically the impact love has in the healing process. He has helped to bridge the worlds of allopathic medicine and alternative healing approaches.