Monday, May 23, 2011

The Hidden Gifts of Helping by Stephen G. Post

Research has revealed that when we show concern for others—empathizing with a friend who has lost a loved one, mowing the lawn for an elderly neighbor, or volunteering to mentor a school-aged child—we improve our own health and well-being and embrace and give voice to our deeper identity and dignity as human beings.

In this moving book, Stephen G. Post helps us discover how we can make “helping” a lifetime activity. The Hidden Gifts of Helping explores the very personal story of Post and his family’s difficult move and their experience with the healing power of helping others, as well as his passion about how this simple activity—expressed in an infinite number of small or large ways—can help you survive and thrive despite the expected and unexpected challenges life presents.

Post’s story is intertwined with supporting scientific research and spiritual understanding. This book can become your companion and guide to the power of giving, forgiving, and compassion in hard times.

The Hidden Gifts of Helping will leave you with the unshakable feeling that the world can be a good place if we act to make it so.

Stephen G. Post PhD, is the best selling author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times, as listed on the nonfiction best seller list with the Wall Street Journal.

He is Founder and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. Prior to his arrival at Stony Brook University, he was (1988–2008) Professor of Medical Ethics, Philosophy and Religious Studies in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. His PhD was completed in 1983 at the University of Chicago, where he wrote his dissertation on eudaemonistic happiness and altruistic love. Post is widely known for his writings on ethics and the care of persons with dementia, and for research at the interface of altruism, benevolence and science. His writings on spirituality and psychiatry contributed to the de-pathologizing of religion in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistic Manual (DSM IV). In addition to being an accomplished academic, he is a committed public intellectual who has written for or been interviewed by such diverse periodicals as Parade (magazine), O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, and Psychology Today. He is a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and serves on the board of trustees at the John Templeton Foundation.

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