- Title Pages
- Altruism and Health
- General Introduction
- 1 Does Volunteering Foster Physical Health and Longevity?
- 2 Altruism and Subjective Well-Being: Conceptual Model and Empirical Support
- 3 Do Generative Adolescents Become Healthy Older Adults?
- 4. Altruism, Well-Being, and Mental Health in Late Life
- 5. Altruism and Health in HIV
- 6 Self-Initiated Volunteering and Mental Health
- 7 Altruism and Health: Is There a Link During Adolescence?
- 8 Rx: Volunteer: A Prescription for Healthy Aging
- 9 The Biology of Positive Emotions and Health
- 10 Integrating Positive Psychology Into Epidemiologic Theory: Reflections on Love, Salutogenesis, and Determinants of Population Health
- 11 Generativity: A Form of Unconditional Love
- 12. The Roles of Love, Attachment, and Altruism in the Adjustment to Military Trauma
- 13 Helping Behavior and Longevity: An Emotion Model
- 14 Forgiveness and Health: A Review and Theoretical Exploration of Emotion Pathways
- 15 Befriending Man's Best Friends: Does Altruism Toward Animals Promote Psychological and Physical Health?
- 16 Close Relationships and Health Through the Lens of Selective Investment Theory
- 17 Health and the Ecology of Altruism
- 18 A Short Natural History of Altruism and Healing
- 19 Altruistic Love, Resiliency, Health, and the Role of Medicine
- 20 Monogamy, Motherhood, and Health
- 21 Volunteerism, Religiousness, Spirituality, and the Health Outcomes of Older Adults
- 22 Altruism, Religion, and Health: Exploring the Ways in Which Helping Others Benefits Support Providers
- 23 Altruistic Love and Physical Health
- (p.3) General Introduction
- Altruism and Health
Stephen G. Post (Contributor Webpage)
- Oxford University Press
This introductory chapter begins by defining the term altruism. Altruism, for the purposes of this volume, refers to a fundamental orientation of the agent that is primarily ‘other-regarding’, in contrast to one that is primarily self-regarding. Altruistic (benevolent, kind, compassionate, charitable) individuals, motivated with little or no interest in reciprocity or reputation gain, may enjoy enhanced health, broadly defined. An overview of the four parts of the book is also presented.
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