Joy of Helping Others, Be More Powerful Immune System - Healthy living and regular exercise is proven to make people happier. So also with helping others. Because according to a new study from UCLA, likes will help boost one's immune system.
The study, conducted by researchers with other researchers from the University of North Carolina was also revealed that the person who likes to help have a level of 'welfare eudaimonik' high. And this is evident from the positive gene expression profiles in their immune cells, including a low inflammatory gene expression and gene antiviral antibodies and strong.
In contrast, the level of individuals' well-being is high hedonis', or happiness derived from the consumption of certain goods and satisfaction of self (self-gratification) indicates the opposite. High inflammation gene expression, antibody genes and antiviralnya too weak.
To obtain the conclusion, Steven Cole (professor of medicine at UCLA) and Barbara L. Fredrickson (University of North Carolina) takes 10 years to observe how human genes respond to positive mental state. Previously most experts observe more human gene response to fear, stress, pain and other negative mental states.
Both study the biological effects of 'welfare eudaimonik' and 'hedonic well-being' by taking blood samples from 80 healthy adults who had been questioned about 'eudaimonik welfare' and 'well-being hedonis' her, as well as negative psychological and behavioral factors them.
Then the researchers use gene expression profiles to map the participants' potential biological effects difference between 'welfare eudaimonik' and 'hedonic well-being'.
As a result, participants who experienced 'welfare eudaimonik' indicates a positive gene expression profiles in immune cells and the participants who felt 'hedonic well-being' showed the opposite profile.
Interestingly, Professor Cole said, "It's not that the people who are 'well-being hedonists' health was worse than the' welfare eudaimonik' is high.
"Both seemed to have the same positive emotions high. Nevertheless, their genome responds so differently despite his emotional state is equally positive," he said.
In other words, researchers revealed that being nice to others and yourself happy with the condition (feeling good) turned out to give an entirely different effect on the human genome, despite equal levels of positive emotions.
"Unexpectedly, the human genome is far more sensitive to differences in the way people responded to attain happiness than his own mind," concludes Professor Cole.
The study has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.