Stephen Post: Helping Others Alleviates Stress, Offers a Sense of Purpose

"When people are less focused on self and the problems of the self, there is a kind of alleviation of stress. There’s nothing like reaching out and contributing to the lives of others to give a person a sense of significance and purpose."

-Professor Stephen Post, from his Big Think interview.

Stephen Post: Helping Others Alleviates Stress, Offers a Sense of Purpose

Stephen Post is Professor of Preventive Medicine and the Director and Founder of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. He was previously a professor in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and a Senior Research Scholar at the Becket Institute of St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University.


"When people are less focused on self and the problems of the self, there is a kind of alleviation of stress. There’s nothing like reaching out and contributing to the lives of others to give a person a sense of significance and purpose."

-Professor Stephen Post, from his Big Think interview (viewable below).

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