Showing compassion toward others is more than a sign of a healthy and positive worldview. It actually benefits the mental and physical health of the person exhibiting compassion. A study from UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco found that women who demonstrated high levels of compassion toward others not only had lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, but were also more receptive to social support. This allowed them to more easily handle stress, and to better maintain overall well-being. So in fact, looking outside of one’s self actually benefits the self, and fostering an attitude of compassion toward others may be a way to improve one’s own sensitivity to stress.
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