Perhaps the most striking theory posed of meditation is that it could alter genetic material.
“We already know lots of ways to achieve hedonic happiness. The big question now is how can we evoke a more eudaimonic-linked profile in our immune system?” he continues.
One way is through mind-body practices, like meditation, which “have been shown to cultivate positive and happy immune cells,” he says. Research has linked meditation to reduced negative inflammatory activity, increased positive antiviral response, improved function of specific strains of immune cells, andhigher antibody production.