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Goodre helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book . A longer life. A happier life. A healthier life. If science said you could have all this just by altering one behavior, would you?
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 ificantly affected. Mortality is delayed. Depression is reduced. Well-being and good fortune are increased. 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.
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. 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , s.
Published May 8th by Broadway first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. May 23, Ensiform rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. In this book, he makes the claim that possessing and acting on loving traits such as generosity, courage, listening, respect, creativity, humor, compassion, and so on help improve one's outlook, health, and lifespan.
Citing dozens of studies commissioned and funded by his own IRUL institute, and with some dubious phrases such as "compassion may be oxytocin, the feel-good hormone" and "drumming in groups can boost the immune system" these statements probably not approved by the FDA , he does show some evidence that altruism is linked to health.
Of course there is also a lot of reliance on correlation as well: veterans who performed acts of bravery were found to score high on maturity and emotional stability; those who volunteer to help others tend to live longer. But does volunteering make you live longer, or do healthier, positive, stress-free people volunteer? The passages on forgiveness and listening are the strongest, in my view.
With practical advice including how to use Tonglen breathing, a Tibetan Buddhist technique for sending compassion into the universe, and great quotes such as "you can't hear with your heart until you silence the noise of the ego," these chapters give readers ways to improve their daily life by reducing stress. I also enjoyed some of the advice on conflict: while listening to others, accept what they say, check how your body is reacting, and instead of replying, ask yourself, how can I meet this with kindness? In all, Post's "proofs" of the benefits of living with love fall somewhere between dubious science and cultish zealotry, but shouldn't we all act like it is true anyway?
After all, "compassion is the basis of morality. Feb 13, Ben Schnell rated it really liked it. Solid research and great stories, yet a bit pedantic and long sometimes. Apr 15, Tami rated it it was amazing. Good Things Happen to Good People.
Okay so we all know that that statement isn't completely true. All of you reading this review are probably pretty good people and likely you've had some difficulties and not so nice things happen to you. Life isn't always roses and sunshine. Frankly, I hated this title but I liked the book. I feel like the title suggested that I get ready for some sort of sermon about how all the troubles in my life were caused by my own lack of perfection. However, once I started reading, I was happily surprised.
I found stories of individuals whose lives were definitely less than perfection but who had rose above their situation to find a greater good in that experience. I believe that we experience everything for a reason and that often the most difficult situations lead us to important understandings about ourselves and the world around us. I think that often those darkest moments direct us to our passion. Illustrating this phoenix like potential in all of us is the strongest, most important point of Good Things Happen to Good People. Nov 08, David rated it it was ok.
I gave up on this one after a few chapters. I picked the book up eager to learn what science has to say about the effects of doing good--and hoping for something that would jump-start my own sputtering goodness. Doing good is good for you, the book reports.
But the science receives such superficial coverage that the connection between good actions and their effects on the actor remains as hazy as ever. Besides that, the distinctions between the of goodness seemed pretty arbitrary. Man I gave up on this one after a few chapters. Many of the examples would have served equally well in a completely different chapter. The resulting grocery list of good deeds was neither scientifically rigorous nor particularly heart-warming.
Aug 30, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. My copy is a library book that I had to put down and return because it is so amazing that I feel the need to own my own copy. I must jot in margins, underline, circle and in other ways emphasis my pleasure in finding this book. This is a must read for all of humanity. One of the best self-help books I have ever read. I will definitely carry these wise words with me forever.
Most of us know that Good Choices lead to a Good Life. This is the shot in the arm that we need to encourage us to keep going, keep giving, keep serving. Life is Good! Jul 04, Michelle rated it did not like it.Good things happen to good people
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Why Good Things Happen to Good People: The Exciting New Research that Proves the Link Between Doing Good and Living a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life