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06 May 2011 | The Telegraph
A "happiness gene" which has a strong influence on how satisfied
people are with their lives, has been discovered. Those with
two sets of the gene - one from each parent - are almost twice as
likely to say they are satisfied with life, compared to those who
lack a copy.
The gene, called 5-HTT, is responsible for how well nerve cells
manage to distribute serotonin, a chemical produced by the pineal
gland in the brain which helps control mood. People with low
levels of serotonin - itself nicknamed the 'happiness drug' - are
known to be more prone to depression.
Now behavioural economists at the London School of Economic and
Political Science have found evidence that people with the
"functional" variant of the 5-HTT gene tend to lead happier
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