Institute For Research On Unlimited Love
Stephen G. Post is the best-selling (Wall Street Journal list) author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping. In this moving book, Stephen G. Post helps us discover how we can make “helping” a lifetime activity. The Hidden Gifts of Helping explores the very personal story of Post and his family’s difficult move and their experience with the healing power of helping others, as well as his passion about how this simple activity—expressed in an infinite number of small or large ways—can help you survive and thrive despite the expected and unexpected challenges life presents.
Post’s story is intertwined with supporting scientific research and spiritual understanding. This book can become your companion and guide to the power of giving, forgiving, and compassion in hard times.
The Hidden Gifts of Helping will leave you with the unshakable feeling that the world can be a good place if we act to make it so.
He is equally recognized as a leader in the study of altruism, love and compassion in the integrative context of scientific research, philosophy and spirituality. He is President of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, with support from philanthropist John Templeton and the Templeton Foundation. Post studied the theology of agape love with the distinguished African-American Rev. John T. Walker, who later became Dean of the National Cathedral. Post completed his Ph.D. on the relationship between other-regarding love and happiness at the University of Chicago where he was an elected University Fellow, a preceptor in the Pritzker School of Medicine and a Fellow in the Martin E. Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion. Post received the Hope in Healthcare Award in 2008 for his “pioneering research and education in the field of unconditional love, altruism, compassion and service.” He was included in Best American Spiritual Writing (2005) and in 2008 he was the recipient of the Kama Book Award in Medical Humanities from World Literacy Canada. Post is an elected member of the International Society for Science and Religion, and writes a blog for Psychology Today entitled “The Joy of Giving.”
A public intellectual committed to conveying important ideas in the wider culture, Post has appeared on a diverse range of radio and television programs including The Daily Show, Nightline, 20/20 and National Public Radio. Post is sought after as a public speaker by community and professional groups and is the recipient of the “Top Notch Public Speaker Award” from the Ohio Endowment for the Humanities.
Post is a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church. His grandfather, Edwin Main Post, was the husband of Emily Post by his first marriage. He is currently a Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation.