The Hidden Gifts of Helping -
How the Power of Giving, Compassion, and Hope Gets Us Through Hard Times
by Stephen G. Post
~ a review by Lady Hannah ~
This book was small in size but big in message. According to the dust cover, the author Stephen G. Post is a professor of preventative medicine and a director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brooks University, as well as holding a position as president of institute for Research on Unlimited Love (I was surprised to discover that there even is such a research institute!).
In his book, Post does not use his credentials as a crutch, but instead shares with readers his personal struggles with feelings of unhappiness and the difficulties of moving, and how he and his family discovered how helping others created a lifeline to help them get greater joy out of life. His book could be called a defense of the merits of living a life of selflessness and love. I don't know that I've heard of many books on "helping", but this book is so much more than advice on giving and service, but instead a perspective on life, happiness, love and many of the elements of psychological well-being.
Do you wonder how you can be happier? Do you wonder how you could help the world be a better place? Read this book. =)
Disclosure: a complementary copy of The Hidden Gifts of Helping was provided to me by The B & B Media Group in return for my honest review.