Is happiness in our genes?

June 23, 2009

twins Is happiness in our genes?

Image: Sheba Medical Centre

The pursuit of happiness characterizes the human condition. But for those suffering from stress, money trouble or chronic illness, a positive outlook on life can be difficult to find. Now, a Tel Aviv University researcher says we should look to our genes.

Initial research findings have made Prof. Barak optimistic about their ability to succeed. “If something is genetic, it should have a large concordance among twins,” he says. “And the twin studies we are looking at show that 50% of happiness is genetically determined.” Prof. Barak is now working with Prof. Anat Achiron of the Sheba Medical Center to identify the specific genes that are associated with happiness. …. continue reading
Source: American Friends Tel Aviv University via Eureka

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