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This is a an authoritative, credible book that is thoroughly researched but very readable. It supports the position that kind, generous people live happier, healthier and longer lives (on average). Stephen Post's theory on altruistic love is thoroughly explained in layman's terms, while citing enough of the academic stuff to remind you that this is seriously researched at top universities. He and co-author Jill Neimark also explain a self-survey that helps you evaluate where you stand in life in 10 different kinds of giving on the Love and Longevity Scale.
Post and Neimark tell the anecdotal stories of some amazing people that Post has met over the years.
When you finish this book, you'll want to be a better person. ( )
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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.

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It turns out that giving far more than receiving is a surprisingly potent force whose impact reverberates across an entire lifetime, nourishing health and happiness in astonishing ways. Thats the message of It's Good to Be Good,which weaves new science with profoundly moving real-life stories. Dr. Post, a preeminent bioethicist, has funded over fifty studiesfrom the likes of Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and the University of Chicago to support scientific research on the life-enhancing benefits of caring, compassion, and kindness. Using lessons and guidelines from each chapter, we can create a personalized plan for a more generous life, finding the outlet and style of giving that suits our personality and lifestyle.… (more)

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