The Biology of Kindness: Six Daily Choices for Health, Well-Being, and Longevity (Paperback)

The Biology of Kindness: Six Daily Choices for Health, Well-Being, and Longevity By Immaculata De Vivo, Daniel Lumera, Fabio De Vivo (Translated by) Cover Image
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How kindness—and other prosocial behaviors toward others—can help us live longer and healthier lives.

The science is in: being good is actually good for you. In this bracingly original book, The Biology of Kindness—the first in a trilogy on the topic of daily wellness—the science of mindfulness and the findings of biology come together to show how kindness and optimism improve overall well-being in profound, organic, and demonstrable ways. Daniel Lumera, an expert in meditation and mindfulness, and Immaculata De Vivo, a preeminent researcher in molecular epidemiology, outline a revolutionary approach to health, longevity, and quality of life—and explain the scientific evidence that supports their work.

Identifying five fundamental values—kindness, optimism, forgiveness, gratitude, and happiness—and describing six essential strategies for cultivating these values—relationships, nutrition, physical activity, meditation, music, and connection with nature—De Vivo and Lumera chart a practical course for pursuing a long, healthy, and happy life. Along the way they provide the scientific data that reveal the impact such behavior has on biology, particularly on telomeres, the parts of DNA that serve as biomarkers of aging. While DNA is mostly immutable, telomeres are influenced by our choices, and The Biology of Kindness offers incontrovertible evidence that what is commonly ascribed to “spiritual” well-being has a clear and direct impact on physical health, helping to buffer premature aging and decrease the incidence of chronic disease.

At a time when life seems to be ruled by a desire to get “everything and immediately,” Lumera observes, there is a compelling case to be made for the discipline of devotion, dedication, and passion—for the good of the body as well as the soul.

About the Author

Immaculata De Vivo is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on how genetic variants interact with the environment to influence susceptibility to hormonal cancers, especially endometrial cancer.

Daniel Lumera is a naturalist biologist, an expert in the sciences of well-being and quality of life and a former monk for 11 years who studied with Anthony Elenjimittam, a direct disciple of Gandhi.

Praise For…

“The overarching message of this earnest book still holds good.”
New Scientist

Product Details
ISBN: 9780262547659
ISBN-10: 0262547651
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: March 19th, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English