On Thursday 2/21, Stephen G. Post, Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine & Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at the Renaissance School of Medicine, delivered a talk on the benefits of being good. Is it Good to be Good? Golden Rule Humanism and Science in Dialogue, was delivered by Dr. Post to a room of students, faculty and interested members of the Stony Brook community. Illumination of the benefits of giving to others for one’s own mental and physical well-being were the key take-aways from the lecture.
As a lively discussion ensued, Dr. Post gave several current applications to the concepts of his presentation of the Golden Rule and the benefits of human interactions. One such example given from the New Yorker, Why Doctors Hate their Computers by Atul Gawande. For more information on this concept, read Dr. Post’s own article in the American Journal of Health Promotion, The Art of Health Promotion ideas for improving health outcomes.
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