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Altruism and Health: Perspectives from Empirical Research

Stephen G. Post


Does a kindly, charitable interest in others have health benefits for the agent, particularly when coupled with helping behaviours? Although the answer remains unclear, researchers have established that there is an association between generous emotions, helping behaviour, and longevity. Increasingly, emotional states and their related behaviours are being studied by mainstream scientists in relation to health promotion and disease prevention. If helping affect or behaviour can be linked with health and longevity, there are significant implications for how we think about human nature and prospe ... More

Keywords: charity, health benefits, helping behaviours, generous emotions, longevity, health promotion, disease prevention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195182910
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen G. Post, editor
Department of Bioethics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
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Part I Research on Volunteering and Health

Part II The Contribution of Altruistic Emotions to Health

Part III Evolutionary Models of Altruism and Health

PART IV Altruism, Health, and Religion

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