Generous people are said to be capable of giving or helping in a heartbeat. Now, new research suggests that those people may actually be more in touch with their own heartbeat.
The findings suggest links between body and brain may influence altruistic behavior. It seems that despite clear biological and economic advantages of acting in self-interest, so-called ‘generous’ people consistently make decisions that benefit others, at a cost to themselves.
One of the authors of the study says, “Our study suggests that selfless acts may be influenced by signals from the body that reach the brain. It may be that an emotionally-charged situation — such as deciding whether or not to give money away — causes a change in heartbeat.” The findings seem to indicate that, in some sense, people ‘listen to their heart’ to guide their selfless behaviors.
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