People who derive their happiness from helping others, like Mother Teresa, have strong antibody genes, UCLA scientists claim.
Doing Good Leads to Strong Immune Cells
JULY 30, 2013Sarah Griffiths, Daily Mail
UCLA research found that people who derive their happiness from helping others have strong antibody genes, while people who get their kicks from self-gratification can suffer from low antiviral and anitbody gene expression.
The study, which also involved the University of North Carolina, is the first of its kind to examine how positive psychology impacts human gene expression.
People who are do-gooders have high levels of 'eudaimonic well-being'.
They derive their happiness from a deep sense of purpose and meaning in life showed favourable gene-expression profiles in their immune cells.
Those studied from this happiness group had low levels of inflammatory gene expression and strong antibody and antiviral genes.Read more: Daily Mail