As the model of contemporary world goes, anything published in ‘peer-reviewed’ journals becomes truth and something reaches the status of ‘the truthest’ by getting published Nature. Junk DNA died with ENCODE paper, but today’s commentary is about one PNAS-published little truth covered in our earlier blog post -
Arianna Huffington published a book titled ‘Thrive’, where she brought this truth of success to the common folks.
Arianna Huffingtons new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder, are all about the science behind these ancient findings that only confirm the power of ancient psychology and philosophy. On a basic, intuitive level, weve understood for hundreds of years that many of these old-time lifestyle practices allow us to live happy, healthy lives. But now, with additional confirmation from science itself, we can fully understand these pieces of ancient wisdom as simple fact.
One of the beliefs that now holds scientific merit is helping others, and how it really does lead to improved personal health and happiness.
In their eternal quest to find the best way to live, Greek philosophers debated the benefits of hedonic and eudaimonic happiness. Hedonic well-being is that which views happiness as a factor for greater pleasure and less pain, while eudaimonic happiness implys someone who holds a larger purpose or meaning in life. Now, a study conducted by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist Barbara Fredrickson might reveal which kind of happiness is the most beneficial for long-term wellness and health.
The study was first published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2013 and realized that eudaimonic happiness could better promote physical health and longevity, too. The study used phone interviews, questionnaires and blood samples to explore how the two kinds of happiness influenced individuals on a genetic level. What they found was that participants employing more hedonic and less eudaimonic well-being showed a lower production of virus-attacking antibodies, with participants who offered more eudaimonic well-being experienced a rise in antibody production.
If you do not believe in text description, here we have her video for you talking about positivity science and ‘inflammation markers’ in Charlie Rose show (forward to 6:00) -