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WHY IT'S GOOD TO BE GOOD

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.

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About Stephen G. Post


Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. is a public speaker on topics including the health benefits of helping others, the spirit of philanthropy, and compassion in healthcare. He is a best-selling author who has taught at the University of Chicago Medical School, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1988-2008), and Stony Brook University School of Medicine (2008-), where he is Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics (designated as a special strength of the Stony Brook School of Medicine by the LCME visiting committee 2011). He is an elected member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Medicine, London.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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