The Healing Power of Doing Good: The Health and Spiritual Benefits of Helping Others

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iUniverse, 2001 - Self-Help - 404 pages
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Conventional wisdom has always held that when we help others, some of the good we do flows back to us. That satisfaction has always been thought to be largely emotional—feeling good when you do good. Now important, widely discussed research shows that helping others regularly produces significant health benefits as well—in fact, it has effects similar to those many of us experience when we exercise.

It is almost impossible to read this book without wanting to do good. Both for those who are already volunteering and for those who are considering it, this valuable personal guide tells you how to choose an activity that’s right for you, how to maximize the health benefits, and how to overcome the main obstacle to getting started: lack of time.

The Healing Power of Doing Good reaffirms and explains that when we care for others we care for ourselves. It is an important book for those suffering from chronic health problems as well as the health conscious, anyone interested in how our mind affects our body, and people in the helping professions. And it reminds us that never has there been such a need for caring as there is today.


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This is an important book which informs us about ”helper’s high”, the phenomenon experienced when one gives personal help on a regular basis. Phase one is an immediate physical feel-good sensation ... Read full review

The healing power of doing good: the health and spiritual benefits of helping others

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It is widely accepted as fact that helping others--specifically strangers, not just family and friends--makes one feel good. Luks's purpose is to show exactly how one's physical health, not just ... Read full review


The Healthy Helping Phenomenon
Helpers High
The Calm That Follows
How Our Health Improves
The Critical Steps to Healthy Helping
What to Do When It All Goes Wrong
The Spirit of Giving
Magnificent Obsession
The Healing of Our Human Community
Getting Started
Chapter Notes
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