Why Good Things Happen to Good People
Why Good Things Happen to Good people
How to live a longer, healthier, happier life by the simple act of giving
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 behaviour, 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 giving behaviour. 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 inspiring 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 shown 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.
"Many books talk about happiness, living better, and reaching goals. Stephen Post and Jill Neimark tell us about accessing the deepest emotions of joy, gratitude, humility and awe. The title will pique your curiosity. The information will open your mind. But the message will open your heart."Dan Gottlieb, author of Letters to Sam: A Grandfather's Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life , and host of "Voices in the Family" on Philadelphia's NPR affiliate.
"This unique book should be exceptionally well received for bringing new science to what we physicians know from clinical practice - positive emotions are good for your health. The discussion of courage in relation to doing good for your health. The discussion of courage in relation to doing good in the world is beautifully developed with the well-coined expression 'carefrontation.' Learn about ten different ways of giving unselfishly to others... and the good news is that in the process, we give to ourselves too!"Dr. Eric J. Topol, M.D., chief academic officer of Scripps Health and chief of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Genomic Medicine Program
"We've always been told it's better to give than to receive, but now this landmark book gives us breathtaking proof. Being generous is no longer just a nice idea, the authors tell us - it now has the stature of a scientific law and is the key to a happy, healthy, and long life. Reading this book is like opening the best gift you could ever receive!"Michael Guillen, Ph.D., former ABC News science editor, author of Can a Smart Person Believe in God?
Author: Stephen G. Post and Jill Neimark
Softcover: 306 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books, 2007
Product Dimensions: 205 x 130 x 15 mm
Shipping Weight: 285 grams
$19.99 (inc GST)