Why Good Things Happen to Good People: A Scientific and Real World Perspective on the Benefits of Helping Others

Stephen Post

Stephen Post, PhD

Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics and Professor of Bioethics, Stony Brook University


Abstract

Does helping others, either informally or through volunteering, really have the side-effect of contributing to the happiness, mental well-being, health and even longevity, and coping in hard times? In general yes, but specifically in what ways, to what extent, at what dose, and under what circumstances? How do these benefits manifest in specific subgroups (e.g., adolescents, individuals with depression, older adults, individuals with substance or process addictions, individuals with hypertension, etc.)? Are we at a point where it makes sense to prescribe (Rx) or recommend helping others as a pathway to wellness? How can this be achieved effectively?

Presenter Bio

A transformative speaker, Dr. Post has inspired thousands with his positive psychology message that impacts happiness, health, success, creativity and even longevity. A best selling author, he shares some of the best of medical knowledge, based on thirty years of research and has been quoted in more than 3000 national and international newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Sydney Morning Herald, “O” Magazine, and Psychology Today. Stephen has been interviewed on television and radio news shows, including National Public Radio (NPR), ABC 20/20, Nightline, with John Stossel, the The Daily Show with John Stewart, and has even addressed the U.S. Congress.