Teacher, Scientific Researcher, Best-Selling Author, and Philosopher of

WHY ITS GOOD TO BE GOOD & THE WAYS AND POWER of LOVE

The Philosophy of Stephen G. Post

In a few words, It's Good to be Good. For several decades I have written, researched, and taught about the ten key expressions of a benevolent love that affirms the lives of self and others, and that grounds our moral and spiritual growth. These ten expressions include:

  • Celebration is taking the time to acknowledge and affirm the lives and achievements of others.

  • Helping others in ways small and large without being limited by a “payback” mentality is as good for the giver as for the recipient.

  • Forgiveness is breaking free from destructive emotions by concentrating not on our own resentments but on contributing to the lives of others, and knowing that time will put things in deeper perspective.

  • Carefrontation is standing firm against the destructive behaviors of individuals and society, while staying grounded in an underlying love for all people without exception.

  • Humor is the gift of tastefully reframing a situation with loving laughter that does not diminish but rather uplifts; mirth is the lightness of love.

  • Respect means looking more carefully at the opinions and lives of others, striving for civility in discourse, and practicing etiquette in speech and behavior.

  • Attentive listening is setting aside one’s own voice in order to focus on another with a full presence, undistracted and unhurried.

  • Compassion is responding wisely and actively to suffering when we see it.

  • Loyalty is sticking with others through the peaks and valleys of their lives so they know that they can count on you in tough times.

  • Creativity used for noble purposes is the tool that allows unique, personalized expression of our love for others.

LOVE AND THE DEEPLY FORGETFUL


About Stephen G. Post


Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. is the best-selling author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping (2011) (www.stephengpost.com/hiddengifts), as listed by the Wall Street Journal. He speaks widely on themes of benevolent love and compassionate care at the interface of science, health, spirituality, and philanthropy. His work has been featured in periodicals such as Parade Magazine and O: The Oprah Magazine, and on such media venues as The Daily Show, John Stossel, 20/20 and Nightline. He has addressed the U.S. Congress on volunteerism and public health.

His contributions to healthcare have been widely acknowledged. He received the Hope in Healthcare Award for “pioneering research and education in the field of unconditional love, altruism, compassion and service” (2008), the Pioneer Medal for “ground-breaking work in healthcare” from HealthCare Chaplaincy of New York (2012), the Kama Book Award in Medical

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“If you ask me where I am from I would have to say Route 80… back and forth, east to west and west to east from youth. Somehow I have lived, taught and written in cities and towns along the Rt. 80 corridors (New York, Cleveland, Ann Arbor, Chicago and San Francisco, to name a few) over all my years, and I have driven that highway literally hundreds of times. This is a book about some astonishing Route 80 events and lessons in life and spirituality as I have experienced them, and about where God and love can fit into the journey of all of our lives and enrich them with higher purpose. A lot of surprising events and insights have occurred for me while traveling this highway, and I weave these together with philosophy and spiritual reflections about the meaning of life.”

Lesson One: The Road to Milesburg (Exit 158)

In August of 2004, I was at a meeting in New York City …

Lesson Two: When the Generator Breaks It Can Change Your Life

My journeys on Route 80 began in early July of 1969, when I was in my teens …

Lesson Three: The Healing Death of Dr. Joseph M. Foley, MD (1916-2012)

On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, with son Drew away in Costa Rica for a few weeks…

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    “We can be anywhere, so long as we are helping others and caring for them. This is probably the one source of stability in our lives that we can truly depend on, and so in the end we are never really out of place.” Stephen G. Post

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    “We can be anywhere, so long as we are helping others and caring for them. This is probably the one source of stability in our lives that we can truly depend on, and so in the end we are never really out of place.” Stephen G. Post

    the-hidden-gifts-of-helping Image Map

    “We can be anywhere, so long as we are helping others and caring for them. This is probably the one source of stability in our lives that we can truly depend on, and so in the end we are never really out of place.” Stephen G. Post

    the-hidden-gifts-of-helping Image Map

    “We can be anywhere, so long as we are helping others and caring for them. This is probably the one source of stability in our lives that we can truly depend on, and so in the end we are never really out of place.” Stephen G. Post

    the-hidden-gifts-of-helping Image Map

    “We can be anywhere, so long as we are helping others and caring for them. This is probably the one source of stability in our lives that we can truly depend on, and so in the end we are never really out of place.” Stephen G. Post

    the-hidden-gifts-of-helping Image Map

    “We can be anywhere, so long as we are helping others and caring for them. This is probably the one source of stability in our lives that we can truly depend on, and so in the end we are never really out of place.” Stephen G. Post

    the-hidden-gifts-of-helping Image Map

    “We can be anywhere, so long as we are helping others and caring for them. This is probably the one source of stability in our lives that we can truly depend on, and so in the end we are never really out of place.” Stephen G. Post

    the-hidden-gifts-of-helping Image Map

    “We can be anywhere, so long as we are helping others and caring for them. This is probably the one source of stability in our lives that we can truly depend on, and so in the end we are never really out of place.” Stephen G. Post

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