A huge study involving over 190 researchers in 140 research centers in 17 countries has located genetic variants associated with happiness and other traits. The study is one of the largest ever published looking at the genes involved in human behavior. In the journal Nature Genetics, the international team describes how it analyzed genomic data from hundreds of thousands of people to find genetic variants associated with our feelings of well-being.

[Nature Genetics, 2016; DOI: 10.1038/ng.3552]

“…more money doesn’t increase your happiness for very long.”

​One major finding in the study is that there is a genetic set point for happiness – related is heritability for happiness from 20 to 40% of personality. This set point is called the hedonic treadmill, where happiness can raise slightly with positive events and soon after fall with negative events. This vividly explains why more money doesn’t increase your happiness for very long.

​Consider also that in 2008, the National Institutes of Health announced that $190 million had been earmarked for epigenetics research over the following five years. In announcing the funding, government officials noted that epigenetics has the potential to explain mechanisms of aging, human development, the origins of cancer, heart disease, and mental illness, as well as several other conditions.
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