Countering stress can be hard. We all experience the stress of modern living. And we know that it takes a toll on our health. How do we create a counterbalance?
Use this Tiny Practice from mindfulness expert Shauna Shapiro. Try it at any time to reconnect with a softer, kinder side of yourself. Notice how you feel.
The Upshot of Kindness
The small hand-over-the-heart gesture is a simple way to cultivate positive change in the midst of stressful moments. As Shauna shared at Mindful Living, a Women Together event, practicing kindness with ourselves bathes our system with dopamine. In addition, this turns on the reward and pleasure centers of our brains. Hence, we are biologically designed to recognize that kindness feels good and also to take action toward creating more of it. This Tiny Practice is a great way to do just that.
Shauna Shapiro, PhD, is a professor at Santa Clara University, a clinical psychologist, and an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. She is a coauthor of The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline, a loving approach to raising an emotionally intelligent child.
Filmed at Mindful Living, a Women Together event held at the EILEEN FISHER showroom in New York City, fall 2017.