Certain people seem predisposed to happiness and sadness. It may be a personal construct or attitude of life. Some say they’re sometimes happy and sometimes sad. Psychologists may see it as bipolar manic-depression. But that’s in uncontrollable phases. There are now some emerging studies that happiness and sadness may extend from genetics.
A scientist has discovered why happiness might very well be genetic. A human’s level of happiness is linked to their genetic makeup, according to a researcher who carried out groundbreaking work in the area—but it’s nearly impossible to modify genes to boost your contentment. Genetics may factor about 40%. 40% of happiness is determined by your actions, your attitude or optimism, and the way you handle situations. Some say that 10% might depend on circumstances.
A twin study of over 2,000 twins from the Minnesota Twin Registry found that approximately 50% of life satisfaction is due to genetics.
Of course, 2020 has kicked many into sadness and frustration, many find humor by creating memes that are posted on social media. Yes, some enjoy happiness and share happiness in the most challenging situations.
Does happiness factor into longer life? According to one study of those aged 65 or over, variants are mixed. Only 1.4% to about 8% happy people lived longer than average. Then again, there are thousands of things that may get you not to reach 65.
Everyone seeks happiness in different ways. It could be social. It could be games, puzzles, and physical activities. It could be food. It could be sex. It could also be marriage. Happiness is an outlook that’s within you.
People try to list happiness traits, such as:
Gratitude. Gratitude is essential for happiness.
Present Focus. Happy people tend to live in the moment.
Humor. Humor is also important, no matter who you are or where you work.
Self-Confidence. Confidence goes a long way.
But I believe there is much more. Is happiness genetically inherited? Is it a developed personality? Nature or nurture?
Published May 2020, during the height of the coronavirus-10 pandemic, Psychology Today studied personality and happiness. There were few conclusions but they correlated that happiness goes with well-being or general wellness.
Many associate a happiness personality with, what Karen Horney studies, extroversion, which could be nature or nurture. Studies on the Genetics of Wellbeing and Its Components Satisfaction with Life, Happiness, and Quality of Life crop up more frequently. More studies are needed.
I’d say that newborn babies are the best predictor of innate happiness. If they tend to smile and laugh, they may have the happy gene. If they smile and laugh while destroying their dolls, they may have a future as a doctor or a serial killer.
I have a happy outlook of life. Despite my mobility challenges, I have the traits of a happy personality. I think I was born with them.