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Books by Stephen G. Post

Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life by the Simple Act of Giving

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Book: Why Good Things Happen to Good People

“Stephen Post and Jill Neimark make the scientific case for generosity eloquently, humanely, and compellingly. This book meets Nietzsche’s criterion for good philosophy: ‘Change Your Life!’” —Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D., Fox Leadership Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Learned Optimism and Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment

“Stephen Post and Jill Neimark have brought together the main findings from the new science of genuine love, and translated them into helpful, practical advice that the reader can easily apply. Those who take this book to heart will surely make their lives better, and will help to make the world a better place as well.” —Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University, and author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

“Many books talk about happiness, living better and reaching goals. Stephen Post and Jill Neimark tell us about accessing the deepest emotions of joy, gratitude, humility and awe. The title will pique your curiosity. The information will open your mind. But the message will open your heart.” —Dan Gottlieb, author of Letters to Sam: A Grandfather’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and the Gifts of Life, and host of “Voices in the Family,” Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate

The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get Us Through Hard Times

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Book: The Hidden Gifts of Helping

“Stephen Post... has written a deeply moving and comforting book about the pain and the healing of being uprooted. In the face of the deeply troubling post-2008 world, Post has written a courageous and honest book about his own experience of being a ‘castaway’ and reaching shore safely by trying to rescue others, not himself.... It is wise and profoundly healing.” —George E. Vaillant, M.D., professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; senior fellow, Center for Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania; and author, Aging Well

“I hereby add my voice to the much deserved praise of Stephen G. Post’s book on the healing power of love. It is a lasting contribution to the humanities in medicine.” —Richard Selzer, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine

“In this inspiring book, Stephen Post convincingly shows how helping others leads to win-win situations: not only does benevolence enhance others’ well-being... but, as a bonus, it also contributes significantly to our own physical and mental well-being.” —Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk, humanitarian, scientist, and author, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease: Ethical Issues from Diagnosis to Dying

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Book: The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer Disease

“Health professionals who deal with dementia, as well as family members who care for relatives who become disabled, will find this book thoughtful, engaging, and provocative.” —New England Journal of Medicine

“This is a much needed and inspirational addition to the literature of Alzheimer’s disease... Ethics Committees will find it invaluable as will nursing home administrators, directors of nursing, and all who care for people no longer able to care for themselves.” —Journal of Long-Term Care Administration

“An intelligent and morally informed treatment of dementia in the aged.” First Things

“Stephen Post has produced an outstanding, potentially classic book. It is well written, clear, patiently argued, and broadly referenced. Readers can learn much about Alzheimer’s disease from this book.” Health Affairs

Is Ultimate Reality Unlimited Love?

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Book: Is Ultimate Reality Unlimited Love?

“It takes chutzpah to attempt a book like this. We are such partially seeing creatures, barely glimpsing splinters of truth, savoring here and there tiny tastes of human love, and, in moments of meditation, perhaps getting a peek into the Divine Heart of Love—everything melting and moving, flowing, ever changing, ever eluding our grasp. So, hats off to you, Stephen, for helping us to better understand Sir John Templeton’s hopes for us to grasp Ultimate Reality. This isn’t simply a book to read. This is a deep ocean luring us to plunge in.” —Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

“In this beautiful homage to Sir John Templeton, who put Unlimited Love at the center of his life, Stephen Post reminds us that agape—universal, unconditional love—is an essential quality of the most profound understanding of Ultimate Reality. Just as when there is a sun and light rays will effortlessly shine on all without partiality, the realization of Ultimate Reality will spontaneously express itself as Unlimited Love. In showing this in multiple ways, Post’s work is a precious gift to humanity.” —Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk and scientist, recipient of the French Order of Merit, founder of Karuna-Shechen, and coauthor of The Quantum and the Lotus

“In this book devoted to an exegesis of Sir John Templeton’s thoughts on the prime role of love in the universe, Stephen Post lovingly weaves a reminiscence of his mentor into a compelling narrative filled with erudite associations that may be provocative to the modern ear but that are also illuminating. If Erasmus was right and ‘humility is truth’ perhaps we shouldn’t be so fast to foreclose on the possibility that love is the ultimate hidden variable.” —Dr. Gregory L. Fricchione, M.D., director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School