Happiness and Laughter Are the BEST Natural Immune Boosters

Story at-a-glance

  • Studies show that your immune system and brain are wired together

  • Portions of your nervous system connect with immune-related organs, and immune cells have neurotransmitter receptors, suggesting active interaction between the two

  • Chronic loneliness tends to result in upregulation of genes involved with your inflammatory response, while genes involved with antiviral control tend to be downregulated

  • Happiness derived from activities that bring you a greater sense of purpose, life meaning, or self-actualization appear to have a direct, positive effect on your gene profile

Anatomy of an Illness

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