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Why Good Things Happen to Good People: The Exciting New Research That Proves the Link between Doing Good and Living a Longer, Healthier, Happier Lifeby Jill Neimark
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A longer life. A happier life. A healthier life. Above all, a life that matters—so that when you leave this world, you’ll have changed it for the better. If science said you could have all this just by altering one behavior, would you?
Dr. Stephen Post has been making headlines by funding studies at the nation’s top universities to prove once and for all the life-enhancing benefits of caring, kindness, and compassion. The exciting new research shows that when we give of ourselves, especially if we start young, everything from life-satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly affected. Mortality is delayed. Depression is reduced. Well-being and good fortune are increased. In their life-changing new book, Why Good Things Happen to Good People, Dr. Post and journalist Jill Neimark weave the growing new science of love and giving with profoundly moving real-life stories to show exactly how giving unlocks the doors to health, happiness, and a longer life.
The astounding new research includes a fifty-year study showing that people who are giving during their high school years have better physical and mental health throughout their lives. Other studies show that older people who give live longer than those who don’t. Helping others has been shown to bring health benefits to those with chronic illness, including HIV, multiple sclerosis, and heart problems. And studies show that people of all ages who help others on a regular basis, even in small ways, feel happiest.
Why Good Things Happen to Good People offers ten ways to give of yourself, in four areas of life, all proven by science to improve your health and even add to your life expectancy. (And not one requires you to write a check.) The one-of-a-kind “Love and Longevity Scale” scores you on all ten ways, from volunteering to listening, loyalty to forgiveness, celebration to standing up for what you believe in. Using the lessons and guidelines in each chapter, you can create a personalized plan for a more generous life, finding the style of giving that suits you best.
The astonishing connection between generosity and health is so convincing that it will inspire readers to change their lives in ways big and small. Get started today. A longer, healthier, happier life awaits you.
A distinguished bioethicist examines the life-enhancing benefits of compassion, generosity, kindness, and caring, establishing a link between doing good and physical health, longevity, well-being, life-satisfaction, and more, and outlines a personalized plan for creating a more generous life that finds an outlet and style of giving that suits one's personality and lifestyle. 25,000 first printing.
About the Author
STEPHEN POST, Ph.D., is a professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. He is president of the $8 million Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, and his work has appeared in top journals such as JAMA, Science, and The Lancet. JILL NEIMARK is a journalist, novelist, and former features editor for Psychology Today magazine whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist and Discover Magazine.
Table of Contents
Preface — Find the fire — The love and longevity scale : learn ten ways of giving — The way of celebration : turn gratitude into action — The way of generativity : help others grow — The way of forgiveness : set yourself free — The way of courage : speak up, speak out — The way of humor : connect with joy — The way of respect : look deeper and find value — The way of compassion : feel for others — The way of loyalty : love across time — The way of listening : offer deep presence — The way of creativity : invent and innovate — Doing good, living well : your life program.
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