A recent study compared the body’s biological response to two types of happiness: pleasure-seeking (eg. enjoying a meal) or purpose-seeking (eg. community connection through service). While both types can create a general sense of well-being, the cellular response can be quite different. High pleasure-seeking happiness was associated with genetic expressions that would weaken the immune system. However, high purpose-focused happiness appeared to have the opposite effect, improving the genetic expressions that support the immune system.
Positive Tip: Choose to focus on happiness based in purpose, meaning and connectedness with others. Your mind and body will thank you!