Giving support to others reduces sympathetic nervous system-related responses to stress.

@article{Inagaki2016GivingST,
  title={Giving support to others reduces sympathetic nervous system-related responses to stress.},
  author={Tristen K. Inagaki and Naomi I. Eisenberger},
  journal={Psychophysiology},
  year={2016},
  volume={53 4},
  pages={
          427-35
        }
}
Social support is a major contributor to the link between social ties and beneficial health outcomes. Research to date has focused on how receiving support from others might be good for us; however, we know less about the health effects of giving support to others. Based on prior work in animals showing that stimulating neural circuitry important for caregiving behavior can reduce sympathetic-related responses to stressors, it is possible that, in humans, giving to others can reduce stressor… CONTINUE READING
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