If you thought that happiness was given by the dimensions of your car or the volume of your bank account, the unparalleled beauty of your partner or a wonderful job, you may be missing an important detail that you have not considered...Happiness is usually a genetic issue...
Scientists say that 50 to 80% of our happiness is due to genetics and the rest of our life conditions have a limited effect, except in the case of trauma.
Why are some people happier than others, because some areas are happier than others? Some say that the social, cultural and economic environment matters. But some say that we owe our happiness to a gene with a strange name.
What is the role of the 5-HTTLPR gene?
Studies have found that it is a genetic instruction, a command, that causes molecules to process serotonin and neurons to "talk to each other. According to scientists it is a gene that has much to do with our emotional ability to express feelings and sensations.
You have to ask your parents which version of this gene you have inherited because it can be long or short. If it is long, then it generates a lot of serotonin, that is, you are happier and if it is short, you secrete less.
50 to 80% of our happiness is due to genetics
Researcher Meike Bartel, from the department of biology and psychology at Vrije University in Amsterdam, has found, in a study of 12,000 people including identical twins, twins and siblings, that differences in individual levels of happiness can be explained by genetic differences in 40% of cases.
The Happiest Places
In the list of the 10 happiest countries in the world, half are Nordic countries. It is something that often when studies are made about the happiest places to live these countries usually win in the ranking and especially one: Denmark.
Aspects such as economic welfare, health service, access to education and all those things are valued.
Some scientists have long said that this is actually a genetic mutation that makes their population happier than others. However, many experts say that this is not the case and that it is the special economic, cultural and natural conditions that favour such happiness.