Mindfully giving from the heart has a positive effect on your body and mind. Rick Hanson Ph.D., a neuropsychologist, writes that a positive emotional experience such as giving can:
- Lower the stress response in your body by dampening the arousal of the sympathetic nervous system (the “fight or flight” wing) and by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxed and contented). For example, positive feelings reduce the impact of stress on your cardiovascular system.
- Increase psychological resilience.
- Lift moods and protect against depression.