A Quiet Superpower

| 1/22/2014 9:03:00 AM

An international study finds meditation can change gene expression, increasing resilience to stress.

How do we make life meaningful? That question is at the core of a growing multidisciplinary movement focused on empathy, compassion, gratitude, and how to invite them into our daily lives. At the close of 2013, a crew at Greater Good—the online magazine of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center—culled and summarized the findings of ten notable happiness studies published last year. “The Top 10 Insights from the ‘Science of a Meaningful Life’ in 2013” originally appeared at Greater Good. This is part four of ten (parts three and five).

Are genes destiny? They certainly influence our behavior and health outcomes—one study published in 2013 found that genes make some people more inclined to focus on the negative. But more and more research is revealing how it’s a two-way street: Our choices can also influence how our genes behave.


In 2013, a collaborative project between researchers in Spain and France and at the University of Wisconsin found that when experienced meditators meditate, they quiet down the genes that express bodily inflammation in response to stress.

7/27/2015 7:25:24 AM

Science proving what mystics have known for 10,000 years! Lauri Ann Lumby Authentic Freedom Academy Oshkosh, WI

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