It’s Good to be Good Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics – Stony Brook University. Is Virtue It’s Own Reward?. A “good” (generous & caring) life is usually happier, healthier, and even a little longer?
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It’s Good to be GoodStephen G. Post, Ph.D.
Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and
Bioethics – Stony Brook University
(ME McCullough, et al., J of Per and Social Psychology, 73, 321-336)
300 pre-teens in the Bay Area followed every ten years since the 1920s. Those who identified compassion and generosity as important were healthier and happier 50 years later (protected from depression & some physical illnesses). Giving in high school predicted good mental and physical health into late adulthood (Wink & Dillon, In the Course of a Lifetime, 2007)
“For the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.” (Dr. Francis W. Peabody, 1921)
Many patients feel that the most significant ethical issue in health care is being treated like a biological slab
See all lives as gifts calling us to gratitude and celebration
Use our creativity for uplifting purposes
Lend a helping hand to others, and pass the torch
Be loyal even to those who are banged up a bit
Forgive and make apologies meaningful
Awareness of suffering and a desire to relieve it
Have courage to confront evil with love, not malice
Smile in humor and mirthful joy that frees from anxiety
Listen attentively so that others might feel significant
Have respect and reverence so as not to manipulate others