Practicing compassion has been shown to not only improve mental but also physical wellbeing. It can reduce blood pressure, heart-rate variability, and the physical symptoms of stress.
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Compassion interacts with social support to buffer against physiological reactivity to stress
Self-compassion suppresses threat and pain neural responses when dealing with one’s own failures
Compassion is associated with better parasympathetic regulation (as measured via heart rate variability)
Brief compassionate interventions can improve parasympathetic regulation