Happiness can be inherited

You can’t buy happiness but it looks like you can at least inherit it, British and Australian researchers said.

A study of nearly 1000 pairs of identical and non-identical twins found genes control half the personality traits that make people happy while factors such as relationships, health and careers are responsible for the rest of our well-being.

“We found that around half the differences in happiness were genetic,” said Tim Bates, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh who led the study. “It is really quite surprising.”

The researchers asked the volunteers – ranging in age from 25 to 75 – a series of questions about their personality, how much they worried and how satisfied they were with their lives.

Because identical twins share the same genes and fraternal twins do not, the researchers could identify common genes that result in certain personality traits and predispose people to happiness.
People who are sociable, active, stable, hardworking and conscientious tend to be happier, the researchers reported in the journal Psychological Science.

“What this study showed was that the identical twins in a family were very similar in personality and in well-being, and by contrast, the fraternal twins were only around half as similar,” Bates said. “That strongly implicates genes.”

The findings are an important piece of the puzzle for researchers trying to better understand depression and what makes different people happy or unhappy, Bates said.

People with positive inherited personality traits may, in effect, also have a reserve of happiness to draw on in stressful times, he said.

“An important implication is that personality traits of being outgoing, calm and reliable provide a resource, we called it ‘affective reserve,’ that drives future happiness” Bates said.

 

Happy people are healthier?

Most people are struggling to search for two things – happy and healthy. For a long time, we believe that happiness and health are two relatively independent goals. We know that, if healthy, we most likely will be unhappy, but we also know that even if we do not experience pain the suffering, the same may not be happy. Happy people do look healthy, in fact, to maintain a happy state of mind itself makes good health. Happiness is like a person’s smoking habits that affect a person as an important factor in good health. What also worried about a heart attack or stroke? Want to stay away from cold it? One study showed that the same cold virus, those who think he is very happy people are less likely to cold. They are infected with the virus, but they showed fewer symptoms. Always depressed? It is best to see your doctor: Studies show that depression in adults suffering from type II diabetes 60% higher than the average person. The reason is probably because the stress hormone cortisol due to increased blood sugar.

Your own life and work will also affect the degree of control over the happiness, and thus affect your health. For example, those who can easily get medical information of patients, than those who do not easily get medical information of patients are happier. Those who are barely control their own work, or nothing to say on the performance of people, compared to other people, seems to be unhappy. So, how do to make them happier? Research suggests that happiness can be cultivated through meditation and improved. In addition, some experiences, such as tourism, in the long run than the easier for the possession of material wealth make us happy.

In fact, happiness is not necessarily for health will have to wait for many years shown. As long as you maintain the optimistic state three years, it can play the role, you will easily find yourself becoming healthier.