Give & Live Better
“I am a great admirer of Stephen Post’s work and speaking on the science of love, altruism, health, and longevity. This connection can touch us all. This work is pioneering, inspiring and could change people’s lives.” —George E. Vaillant, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
“Stephen Post is leading one of the most significant research initiatives of this generation. His speaking on volunteerism and flourishing is second to none. The connection between research and application cannot be over-emphasized. Thank you!” —Pastor Otis Moss, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees, Morehouse College
A transformative speaker, Dr. Stephen Post has inspired thousands in healthcare, business, schools, philanthropy, volunteer programs and spiritual communities with his message that the simple act of intentional giving adds to the happiness, health, resilience, creativity and even longevity of those who “do unto others.” Across North America, Australia, Europe, Japan and India he speaks and teaches the philosophy of his best-selling book Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving (with journalist Jill Neimark). A mirthful story teller with uplifting affirmations and the best of medical knowledge based on thirty years of research, he offers a daily prescription for us all—Rx: It’s Good 2 B Good.
Stephen coined the now popular term “giver’s glow” and on stage addresses such questions as:
- “Is it really more blessed to give than to receive?”
- “Do benevolent people experience higher levels of mental well-being?”
- “Are they healthier, and do they live longer?”
Increasingly, mainstream scientists are studying kindly, charitable interest in others, and the behaviors that go along with it, to find out whether there are associated health benefits. Stephen’s work inspired the 2010 Do Good Live Well Survey, released by United Healthcare and VolunteerMatch showing that 41 percent of Americans volunteered an average of 100 hours a year, or about two hours per week. 68 percent of those who volunteered reported that volunteering made them feel physically healthier (based on 4,500 American adults). In addition,
- 89% report that “volunteering has improved my sense of well-being”
- 73% agree that “volunteering lowered my stress levels”
- 92% agree that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life
- 72% characterize themselves as “optimistic” compared to 60% of non-volunteers
- 42% of volunteers report a “very good” sense of meaning in their lives, compared with 28% of non-volunteers
- 96% said volunteering made them “feel happier”
Combining story, science, humor, research, and the visual arts, Stephen illustrates how two hours per week of meaningful volunteerism can transform individuals, corporations, health systems, schools and communities.
Additional Rave Reviews
“Stephen Post has contributed more than anyone else to the dialogue concerning the scientific and health implications of altruistic and generous behavior. His leadership has spearheaded an exciting new area of research. The field has the strong potential to change people’s lives in a healthy way. He is simply the very best inspirational speaker on giving and happiness anywhere.” —Gregory L. Fricchione, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and Director of the Benson-Henry Mind-Body Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital
For speaking inquiries, contact Stephen at 216.926.9244 or by email.
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