The idea that our thoughts and moods are linked to an individual’s level of "happiness" has a surprising outcome rooted in genetic testing. Hedonic well-being (the subjective judgments of external experiences that produce a state of happiness) is determined to produces a cellular expression that produces more inflammatory cells in an immune response and less antibody production. In contract, eudaemonic well-being (intentional expression of interior beliefs and values that produce actions) produces .lower levels of inflammatory cells and greater levels of antibodies.
Barbara L. Fredrickson, Karen M. Grewen, Kimberly A. Coffey, Sara B. Algoe, Ann M. Firestine, Jesusa M. G. Arevalo, Jeffrey Ma, and Steven W. Cole
A functional genomic perspective on human well-being
PNAS 2013 110: 13684-13689.
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