Happiness linked to a gene

Your overall happiness may depend on whether you drew the long or short version of a gene, say researchers. In work that gives cranky teenagers another reason to blame their parents for all life’s woes, researchers have uncovered a genetic link to happiness. Last week they said that the 5-HTT gene could help to explain why some people are naturally more cheerful than others. The study of more than 2,500 Americans revealed two variants of a gene that influenced how satisfied -or dissatisfied- people were with their lot. Those born with two long versions of the gene (one is passed down from each parent) were more likely to declare themselves “very satisfied” with life than those who inherited two short versions. “This gives us more insight into the biological mechanisms that influence life satisfaction,” said a researcher. De Neve looked at the genetic makeup of 2,500 people selected to be representative of the general population, whose medical histories were recorded for the US National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Among the records were answers to a question participants were asked in their early 20s about life satisfaction. In response to the question, “How satisfied are you with your life as a whole”, they answered either “very satisfied”, “satisfied”, “neither satisfied or dissatisfied”, “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied”. The gene, known as 5-HTT, is involved with the transport of serotonin, a feelgood chemical, in the brain. The longer variant leads to more efficient release and recycling of the neurotransmitter.

Well, I think you should be ready to blame your parents for all life’s woes, if you did not do that before. We know that the parents are the main responsible of creating unhappy people. But some stupid doctors advise the unhappy parents to make baby. They say: “You should try to make baby, and it makes you happy. So, Make baby, baby!” And then the unhappy parents make some unhappy babies for making themselves more happy. But after some days, weeks, months, or even years, the unhappy parents become unhappy again, and the unhappy babies become the unhappy parents of the new unhappy generations. Some stupid doctors say: “What can the unhappy parents do, if they don’t make baby. They should kill themselves in this shitty world that is full of shitty tragedies”. But these stupid doctors are unhappy children of some unhappy parents, who listened to some stupid unhappy doctors. The wise doctors should say something like this: “If you are unhappy, please first do something about your unhappiness. If you could make yourself happy and satisfied, then think about making genetic-unhappy baby. In this way, you have something to tell them. Something about how they can get rid of their genetic unhappiness and making genetic-unhappy baby .” It seems good solution, a perfect solution for an unsolved problem. Because in this way the majority of unhappy people could not make themselves happy, and then they kill themselves and their unhappy genes. So the world population decrease dramatically. The remaining survivors, i.e. less than 10% of the whole people, just have happy genes. But sooner or later they realize that even with happy genes you can not change anything about this shitty tragic life. So very soon the whole human beings become extinct, and we will get rid of the whole shitty problem, by removing the problem. It’s an Islamic solution, like the Islamists’ solutions in Iran. The life is so tragic, and it’s better that the researches try to find the tragedy genes, something like the death genes, the fatal diseases genes, maybe the 1-GOD gene + the 5-HTT gene.

De Neve urged caution over the result, however, and emphasised that inheriting two short versions of the gene did not condemn a person to a life of misery any more than two long versions would make someone impervious to sadness. “This gene has an important influence, but you cannot say it causes happiness. Happiness is hugely complex and your experiences throughout the course of your life will remain the dominant force on that” he said. A 2009 study suggested that people who carried long versions of the 5-HTT gene had a greater tendency to focus on the positives in life. The “bright side” version of the gene might bolster people’s resilience to stressful events, and protect against anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. “We are just beginning to understand the actual genetics of happiness, and how genes might influence brain hormones and other physiology that influence our well-being. This exciting work offers insights that one day may help us counter disorders such as depression. Parents one day might have the choice of whether to choose genes that will create a child who is more satisfied with his or her life”, a researcher said. But we should say: “Don’t be stupid dear researchers. Please understand that the life is a tragic thing, and it’s better that you, the researches, try to find the tragedy gene, something like the death genes, the fatal diseases genes, or the 1-GOD gene.

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