The Humble Mind and Body

A Theoretical Model and Review of Evidence Linking Humility to Health and Well-Being

Authored by: Loren L. Toussaint , Jon R. Webb

Handbook of Humility

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138960008
eBook ISBN: 9781315660462
Adobe ISBN: 9781317337164


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This chapter offers a theoretical model for how humility is connected to health and reviews evidence relevant to the model. We begin by considering the nature of humility and offer a definition. We then provide a theoretical model and review the scant scientific literature on humility and health. Given the dearth of work in this area, we consider limitations; outline research questions and recommendations for future work; and conclude with a discussion of practical implications for health, healthcare, and the broader public.

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