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    Happiness Is Good for the Genes

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

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    Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of North Carolina looked into how positive feelings affect the human genome.

    There are a number of ways to be happy, but according to a recent study, some are truly better than others.

    Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of North Carolina looked into how positive feelings affect the human genome.

    Even though it would make sense that all happiness is created equal, the researchers found distinct differences in the genes’ reactions to how the good times were generated.

    Happiness stemming from one’s deeply rooted purpose in life had positive effects. Gene make-ups in that group showed low levels of inflammatory attributes and scored high in antiviral and antibody strength.

    Smiles that came as a result of self-gratifying activities like buying stuff resulted in genes low in antiviral and antibody expression and high in inflammatory levels.

    In reaching these conclusions, the scientists examined blood samples from 80 subjects that they’d previous placed in one of the two satisfaction groups.

    The authors of the study said that both sets of people appeared to be equally happy and those experiencing consumption based positive emotions didn’t feel any worse than the altruistic bunch.

    However, they noted, the human genome knew the difference.