Why Good Things Happen to Good People How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving

ISBN-10: 076792018X
ISBN-13: 9780767920186
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.99
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.50" wide x 4.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

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.

Stephen Post, PhD, is a professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine. He is president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, and his work has appeared in top journals such asJAMA,Science, andThe Lancet. Jill Neimark is a journalist, novelist, and former features editor forPsychology Todaywhose work has appeared inThe New York Times,TheEconomist, andDiscover.

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
Acknowledgments
Index
Readers' Guide
About the Authors

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