Genes ‘play key happiness role’ – from BBC

March 9, 2008

Man, I love it when research proves my existing beliefs!

I have told you all before that while some people are naturally happier than others, everyone has the ability to make adjustments in their thinking and behavior to become happier.  Now here is some research on the topic (by real live scientists; you don’t have to take my word for it!)


A question of nature, not nurture?

Our level of happiness throughout life is strongly influenced by the genes with which we were born, say experts.

An Edinburgh University study of identical and non-identical twins suggests genes may control half the personality traits keeping us happy.

The other half is linked to lifestyle, career and relationships.

However, another expert said despite the research in the journal Psychological Science, we can still train ourselves to be more content.

Read the rest of the article here. 

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