Dr. Stephen Post: Spreading the Science of Humanity, Empathy, Compassion and the Greater Good

Apr 26, 2021 | Empathy and Compassion

For over 20 years, Dr. Stephen  Post has been spreading the science of giving and the commitment to the greater good. He has promoted the idea of “give and live better” across the globe. Funding over 50 scientific studies at the nation’s top universities as well as conducting his own research, Stephen is considered the “go to” guy with his uplifting message that when we contribute to the lives of others, give meaningfully, and live by the Golden Rule, we are generally:







With Sir John Templeton STephen Post co-founded The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love: Spirituality, Compassion, and Service in 2001. Post is the best-selling lead author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving (Random House Broadway). Post has been quoted in more than 4000 newspapers and magazines, and featured on numerous television shows including The Daily Show. Described by Martin E.P. Seligman in Flourish as one of “the stars of positive psychology,”

In this podcast we talk about the work he is doing as the • Director and Founder of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care—Stony Brook University.

He shares the unique perspective that is cultivated within the medical school highlighting Medical humanism, empathy and compassion through providing curriculum to medical students that is truly compassionate care through the arts and humanity.

We dive into his work with Alzheimer’s patients or as he likes to say “the deeply forgetful”, the autistic population, the mystery and mystical aspect of cognitive changes and consciousness.

We talk about what he also likes to call “moral injury” versus “burnout” with physicians.

This conversation is full of gentle curiosity, attentive listening, finding the meaning in medicine again, his philosophy of living from his book “Why Good Things Happen To Good People”

It is chock full of names and books and studies that are all referenced in the show notes so sit back and get ready for a beautiful conversation with a phenomenal and gracious leader in the world of compassion, empathy and unlimited love.

Much gratitude to Stephen for this conversation on the Full Capacity Living Podcast.  As I listened back to this episode I was truly amazed at the volume of work that Stephen has contributed to the world of Human Connectedness.  So much so that he even has a forward on his website from the Dalai Lama for his book “God and Love on Route 80” and Deepak Chopra.  It’s a great read if you are looking for something to re-awaken a connection to your soul.

What a beautiful human…as always there is so much in the show notes from this conversation so head there to find links to everyone mentioned, books, articles and all of the institutes doing this pivotal work in our world.

Thank you for being here and I truly hope these conversations help each and everyone who hears them live their best lives.

Links and references:

Stoney Brook University https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/bioethics/about/humanities.php

Stephen Post’s new book “Dignity for Deeply Forgetful People”


“Why Good Things Happen To Good People”. https://www.amazon.com/Why-Good-Things-Happen-People/dp/076792018X

Fostering student engagement in medical humanities:  https://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/article/fostering-student-engagement-medical-humanities-courses/2014-08

Music and Memory website:  https://musicandmemory.org/

Movie:  “Alive Inside”  https://www.theconnextion.com/musicandmemory/musicandmemory_index.cfm

Dr. Joe Foley – Neurologist:  https://www.cleveland.com/brett/blog/2012/07/dr_joe_foley_remembering_a_her.html

Dr. Nate Bergman:  https://kemperwellness.com/

Evolving Past Alzheimers Podcast:  https://evolvingpast.com/

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi:  Hungarian American Psychologist on “Flow”. https://www.pursuit-of-happiness.org/history-of-happiness/mihaly-csikszentmihalyi/

Martin Seligman – Positive Psychology:  https://ppc.sas.upenn.edu/people/martin-ep-seligman

Sir John Templeton:  https://www.templeton.org/about/sir-john

The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love:  https://unlimitedloveinstitute.org/

Esther Sternberg, MD “Healing Spaces”. https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674057487


Hopewell – Therapeutic Farm Community in Mesopotamia, OH


Dalai Lama endorsement:  https://stephengpost.com/downloads/God%20and%20Love%20Dalai%20Lama%20Foreword.pdf