08 May '11, 5am

Satisfaction depends on length of 'happiness gene': A PERSON'S happiness and satisfaction in life depends on the...

A PERSON'S happiness and satisfaction in life depends on the form of a specific gene they have, a research conducted by a behavioural economist of the London School of Economics and Political Science showed. The research reported on by the UK's Press Association found out a strong link between the '5-HTT' gene and happiness by analysing genetic data from more than 2,500 participants. They were asked 'how satisfied are you with your life as a whole?' and the answers were compared with each genetic type. The result revealed that those who inherit two 'long' variants of the 5-HTT gene tended to be happiest, with 17 per cent more than average being 'very satisfied' with life. For those with just one 'long' 5-HTT gene, the chance of being 'very satisfied' was 8.5 per cent higher. People with two 'short' genes tended to be least happy. 'It has long been suspected that this gene ...

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