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.
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