Do you have the happiness gene?

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One can be rich, healthy and unhappy and poor but happy. It all depends on whether you have the correct gene.

Happiness can be defined as a lasting feeling of satisfaction, fulfillment, peace of the soul. Why aren't we all the same when it comes to happiness? Is it a question of will, of character?

A question of genes

According to researchers from the Management University of Varna, Bulgaria, and those of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the ability or not to be happy is related to a genetic variation: the prevalence of an A allele.

Researchers have found that people with an A allele are happier than others, even if they live in poor or conflict countries.

This A allele prevents the degradation of anandamide, a cannabinoid neurotransmitter that, among other things, regulates pain and controls emotions. In food it is found, for example, in cocoa, chocolate.

Who are the happiest populations?

Since happiness is not a question of wealth but of genes, populations that have the prevalence of an A allele are found in Ghana, Nigeria, Mexico, Colombia, Sweden, and France.

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