Altruism, happiness, and health: it’s good to be good

  title={Altruism, happiness, and health: it’s good to be good},
  author={S. Post},
  journal={International Journal of Behavioral Medicine},
  • S. Post
  • Published 2005
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
  • Altruistic (other-regarding) emotions and behaviors are associated with greater well-being, health, and longevity. This article presents a summary and assessment of existing research data on altruism and its relation to mental and physical health. It suggests several complimentary interpretive frameworks, including evolutionary biology, physiological models, and positive psychology. Potential public health implications of this research are discussed, as well as directions for future studies… CONTINUE READING
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