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Nelson-Coffey et al., 2017: Performing acts of kindness to specific others reduced genomic activty related to inflammation among adults over five weeks

Reference:

Nelson-Coffey, S. K., Fritz, M. M., Lyubomirsky, S., & Cole, S. W. (2017). Kindness in the blood: A randomized controlled trial of the gene regulatory impact of prosocial behavior. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 81, 8-13.
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Summary:

Asking a community sample to perform acts of kindness for specific others weekly for four weeks reduced leukocyte expression of CTRA indicator genes from baseline to week 5, a potential mechanism of reduced disease risk. Isolating the effect of prosocial behavior, this effect was found relative to both a control condition and conditions where people were instructed to perform acts of kindness for themselves or for the world.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

To Feel Connected, Included, Respected, and Valued by Others

Approach to Desired Meaning

What about it?

Remedy Threats to Belonging that Undermine Functioning

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I connected to others?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Bolstering beliefs about social connectedness

Psychological Question Addressed

Am I connected to others?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018