In other words, if cortisol is making you feel gloomy or doubt yourself, then the regular mood-enhancing effect of smarter giving will optimise your business performance.
“In a world where we’re working so hard to be smarter, stronger and more successful, we’re seriously missing a trick by not thinking of mindful giving as a core piece of the puzzle,” she adds.
Finally, the advantages of being actively involved with a charity means that you’ll often meet people who’ve had a very different life or work experience to your own – which means that there are learnings which go both ways.
“There are the obvious benefits of skill sharing, but actually spending time with people with really different life experience has benefits in terms of neuroplasticity. Again, your empathy pathways are being opened up, making your brain more flexible.
“We are essentially hardwired to be good and look after each other, and that’s why the notion of smarter giving is so compelling.”