Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Revelations of a Gene

It seems as though the amount of new information that that is being disseminated daily is increasing exponentially and that is certainly true for the field of science.  The August 2013 issue of the New York Times Magazine reported that researchers at the University of North Carolina and the University of California have discovered the following:

Our genes may have a more elevated moral sense than our minds do, according to a new study of the genetic effects of happiness. They can, it seems, reward us with healthy gene activity when we’re unselfish — and chastise us, at a microscopic level, when we put our own needs and desires first.
The article goes on to say that different forms of happiness are associated with quite different gene-expression profiles.  For example those in the study group who derived their happiness from consuming things had unhealthy gene profiles.  A smaller number of the test group derived their happiness from a sense of higher purpose and/or service to others.  Their gene profiles displayed an augmented level of anti-body-producing genes expression.

Professor Steven W. Cole
Steven W. Cole, Professor of Medicine at U.C.L.A., summed up the findings as follows:
“our genes can tell the difference” between a purpose-driven life and a shallower one even when our conscious minds cannot.

So here is the irony of it all.  The more other-centered you become, the more you become the kind of husband/wife God has called you to be, the better will be your health.  So if for self-centered reasons you want better health become other-centered.  Put your spouse’s needs ahead of your needs.  Put their desires and expectations first.  Make them feel appreciated, cherished and respected.  Most likely by doing so you will have a sense of higher purpose and service to others.


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