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Helping Others Is Good For Your Health: An Interview with Stephen G. Post, PhD

Mahatma Gandhi once said that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I have benefited from that advice, for sure, especially in the months that I was crawling out of a very severe depression.

An expert on the perks that come with helping others is bestselling author Stephen G. Post, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping: How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Can Get us Through Hard Times (Jossey-Bass, 2011). He is Professor of Preventive Medicine, Heard of the Division of Medicine in Society, and Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. Visit him on his website at

I have the privilege of conducting an exclusive interview with him for the readers of Psych Central.

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Helping Others Is Good For Your Health: An Interview with Stephen G. Post, PhD

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  1. Would you write about the impact of the lack of human touch during childhood and into adulthood?

    Not just about the need for and what the benefits are, but the impact of the lack of it. I found lots of “the benefit” and about children and babies.

    • I agree 100% The sense of touch is the a very important part for the development of a child and even an adult! Everyone loves affection :)

  2. I am so blessed when I work with various organizations, when I volunteer! It is a priviledge & an honor to help others in need in my community. I have raised my son to also be involved in helping out the homeless & many other causes. It’s my belief that we are here to help & serve each other, as the need arises. I would love to see more families get their children involved along with them.

  3. Helping others makes you feel better then doing anything else, and when you feel great you live longer! Love the article :)



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