“Live to Giver” Mentality with Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli

“Live to Giver” Mentality with Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli

Dec. 1, 2023

Tis the season of giving – and there's some fascinating evidence about the science of service and gifts. For EM docs, data shows that a giver mentality can actually protect against burnout. Tune in for an eye-opening conversation with host Chris Reilly and author/EM leader Anthony Mazzarelli.


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Christopher Reilly, MD

Maimonides Medical Center Medical Education Fellowship
@docreilles | Instagram: docreilles
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Anthony Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE

Co-President/CEO of Cooper University HealthCare
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Author and speaker


In this conversation with Dr. Anthony Mazarelli, co-author of Wonder Drug: 7 Scientifically Proven Ways That Serving Others Is the Best Medicine For Yourself,” EMRACast host Dr. Chris Reilly dives deep into the idea of finding (and protecting) happiness through serving others. Tune in for a whole new approach to a healthy, happy attitude.


  • A “live to giver” mentality is one where through service to others, we can obtain happiness and fulfillment.
  • We live in a world heavily influenced by a “survival of the fittest” mentality, when a “survival of the kindest” mentality is what our global community requires today.
  • Mazz talks about how serving others benefits the brain and body, physical health, mental health, happiness, and success. These benefits are all interconnected and supportive of leaders.
  • Reilly and Dr. Mazz touch on several of the conclusions from 250 cited research studies included in Wonder Drug.
  • There is an overall “prescription” for seven distinct actions to achieve and maintain a “live to giver” mentality:
    • Start Small
    • Be Thankful (for others)
    • Be Purposeful
    • Find Common Ground
    • See It
    • Elevate
    • Know Your Power
  • Reilly: “(This is) one of the most important books I have read in my short career in medicine.”


  1. Trzeciak S, Mazzarelli A. Wonder Drug: 7 Scientifically Proven Ways That Serving Others Is the Best Medicine for Yourself. 2022.
  2. Mineo L. Good genes are nice, but joy is better. The Harvard Gazette. April 11, 2017.
  3. Anthony Mazzarelli, Professional Healthcare Speaker. YouTube channel. Studer Group.
  4. Trzeciak S, Mazzarelli A. Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence That Caring Makes a Difference. 2019.

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