the genomic fingerprint of happiness

Human bodies recognize at the molecular level that not all happiness is created equal … The sense of well-being derived from “a noble purpose” may provide cellular health benefits, whereas “simple self-gratification” may have negative effects, despite an overall perceived sense of happiness, researchers found.

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pain | compassion

“… understanding why so many religious rituals contain an element of suffering, and why extreme rituals persist for centuries.”

Taking part in extreme, painful rituals increases prosocial behaviours and attitudes, including making people more charitable.

iron helmet

The awakening mind is generated
in dependence on sentient beings.

But like the saying,
“whatever you do when wearing an iron helmet is unpleasant”

to entertain such thoughts,
that wherever you are you feel vexed
when encountering other beings who displease you,

is like being unhappy with the causes of enlightenment.

Tibetan Buddhism