It’s been demonstrated that prayer helps people recover more quickly from sickness and injury, but only when the person recovering knows that someone is praying for them.
Scientists are quick to dismiss the significance of that result, which makes sense because it sounds like pseudoscientific nonsense. But I still think it’s an amazing and useful thing to know. There’s something profound about the idea that a human is literally healthier when they know that other humans care about them and are hoping for them to be better.
Do you make a point of reminding yourself about all the people in your life who want you to be healthy and happy and successful? The people who are praying for you every day?
Do you make a point of reminding the people in your life that you want them to be healthy and happy and successful?
This is a five-minute exercise which needs no supernatural basis to be worthwhile. Something happens when you look someone in the eye and wish them well. Something real, and measurable and good. But we have no secular tradition that allows it.
I think that should change.