Save the Date: It’s Good 2 B Good

Stephen G. Post, Ph.D.

Stephen G. Post, Ph.D.

It’s Good to Be Good.

A unique opportunity to hear nationally acclaimed author Dr. Stephen Post who is the keynote speaker at Community West Foundation’s annual meeting on Sept. 9 at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church at 20401 Hilliard. Blvd. in Rocky River at 3 p.m.

A transformative speaker, Stephen has inspired thousands in healthcare, business, schools, philanthropy, volunteer programs and spiritual communities with his message that the simple act of intentional giving adds to the happiness, health, resilience, creativity and even longevity of those who “do unto others.”

Across North America, Australia, Europe, Japan and India he speaks and teaches the philosophy of his best-selling book Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving (with journalist Jill Neimark). A mirthful story teller with uplifting affirmations and the best of medical knowledge based on thirty years of research, he offers a daily prescription for us all – Rx: It’s Good 2 B Good.

Stephen has taken this message to The Daily Show with both Jon Stewart and John Oliver, addressed the U.S. Congress, and received the Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition for Outstanding Achievement. A down-to-earth everyday guy who doesn’t sound like a professor, Stephen has taught in medical schools for nearly three decades at the University of Chicago, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and Stony Brook University in New York.

Stephen received the “top notch” public speaker award from the Ohio Endowment for the Humanities for his colorful presentations to volunteer organizations, high school audiences, and corporations on the benefits of helping others and of following the perennial Golden Rule. Post coined the now popular term “giver’s glow.”

Is it really more blessed to give than to receive? Do benevolent people experience higher levels of mental well-being? Are they healthier, and do they live longer? Increasingly, mainstream scientists are studying kindly, charitable interest in others, and the behaviors that go along with it, to find out whether there are associated health benefits. Stephen’s work inspired the 2010 Do Good Live Well Survey, released by United Healthcare and VolunteerMatch (www.VolunteerMatch.org), surveyed 4,500 American adults. 41 percent of Americans volunteered an average of 100 hours a year, or about two hours per week. 68 percent of those who volunteered reported that volunteering made them feel physically healthier. In addition,

– 89% report that “volunteering has improved my sense of well-bring”

– 73% agree that “volunteering lowered my stress levels”

– 92% agree that volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life

– 72% characterize themselves as “optimistic” compared to 60% of non-volunteers

– 42% of volunteers report a “very good” sense of meaning in their lives, compared with 28% of non-volunteers

– 96% said volunteering made them “feel happier”

Combining story, science, humor, research, and the visual arts, Rx: Good 2 B Good shows how two hours per week of meaningful volunteerism for employees can transform corporations, health systems, schools and communities.

Call today or go online at communitywestfoundation.org/events/annual-meeting to reserve your seat for this exciting event.

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