Lesson 8 - Doing Well by Doing Good
Ken Pelletier, Ph.D., author and health educator, suggests that altruism takes many years to develop and reaches full expression only in our later years. Perhaps this is why it is in mid and later life, when other issues are often resolved, that altruism begins to flourish and becomes even more important for individual health.
Dr. Pelletier states to be of service to others may or may not be the antidote to the isolation and anger leading to heart disease, but it is certainly an inviting alternative. The desire to serve others is not a mere belief or philosophical abstraction, it is a positive and sustaining drive toward a greater purpose in life."