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The benefits of living life on purpose

By on September 20, 2014

Seekers of happiness comes in many forms.

One form is hedonic happiness. This involves enjoying life for the journey, taking it all in. Enjoying activities, socializing, having fun, spending time on the beach or watching your favorite baseball team. People who engage in these activities are as happy as sand-boys, and just as happy as our second group of happiness seekers.

The second type of happiness sought is called eudaimonic happiness. Socrates defined this as living and doing good. The work comes from the Greek for happiness and daemon. The daemon was the creative spirit that resided in the walls of poets, writers, artists, and other creative types who possessed them when they were being creative. So eudaimonia can be thought of as happy creativity perhaps, searching for something greater than yourself, the meaning of life, the face of god, enlightenment.

There is a good reason to encourage your hypnosis clients to search for higher meaning in their life, to become eudaionic happiness seekers. It will make them happier, but it may also may make them healthier.

Research from UCLA show that hedonic and eudaimonic happiness seekers can be equally happy, but there is an important difference between them. It seems that those in search of eudaimonic happiness show improved gene expression in their immune systems, including anti-viral and anti-body expression and low inflammatory expression.

So it appears God knows how difficult it is to find him, so he gives eudaimonic happiness seekers a little more health and perhaps a little more time, to find him.

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/don-t-worry-be-happy-247644Your happiness affects your genes, scientists say. What they found is that different types of happiness have surprisingly different effects on the human genome. People who have high levels of what is known as eudaimonic well-being the kind of happiness that comes from having a deep sense of purpose and meaning in life (think Mother Teresa) showed very favorable gene-expression profiles in their immune cells. Be happy: Your genes may thank you for it

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