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22 May 2011 @ 13:06
The Hidden Gifts of Helping Review  


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.