Happiness Genes LocatedCreated by:
Wow! I may not be an expert in genetics, but this is a very interesting topic. Nature and nurture, the two factors that influence the development of a person. While having a positive environment (like having mentally, emotionally and physically supportive parents) can greatly influence a person, nature, i.e., our genes, also play a great deal on our predispositions towards our mental and emotional health. This meta-analysis of various studies involving almost 300,000 people around the globe has determined genetic variants for general well-being, depression and neuroticism. They discovered 3 variants for general well-being, 11 variants for neuroticism, and 2 variants for depression. It would be interesting for a future study to see if people having the "happy" genes actually have a "happy" quality of life and those with "sad" genes have a "sad" quality of life.