Gergen points out that “there is a close connection between the practices and a sense of compassion towards others. Buddhist practices often deepen one’s sense of connection to all other creatures, and invite more caring relationships.”
The practice of focusing on specific senses (sight, sound, smell, taste or touch) is often calming and can cultivate an appreciation for the miracles of nature. In turn, this can bring about a sense of gratitude – a feeling that it’s wonderful to be alive.
“Horizons in Buddhist Psychology”
Kwee,M., Gergen, K. J. and Koshikawa, F. (2006). Horizons on Buddhist Psychology. Chagrin Falls, OH: Taos Institute Publications.
“Paths to Positive Aging – Dog Days with a Bone and Other Essays”
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paths-Positive-Aging-Other-Essays/dp/1938552504/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Paths+to+Positive+Aging+-+Dog+Days&qid=1590151564&sr=8-1Gergen, and Gergen, K. J. ( 2017) Paths to Positive Aging – Dog Days with a Bone and Other Essays. Chagrin Falls, OH: Taos Institute Publications. www.taospub.net)