Smile! Scientists may have pinpointed the “happiness gene”

May 6th, 2016

happiness gene

The reason you flash those stunning pearly whites maintained by your favorite dentist in Gilbert, Lifetime Family Dental, may have been discovered by scientists thanks to a recent study. These researchers claim that they may have found the human “happiness” gene. Previous studies that utilized information provided by the Netherlands Twin Register indicated that individuals feel happiness and contentment in different ways, likely partially due to genetic differences. This latest study, that included over 298,000 people, has identified three genetic variants for “happiness”. Interestingly enough, two of the three variations could account for depression as well.

The study was conducted by VU Amsterdam professors Philipp Koellinger and Meike Bartels. These “happiness” genes are expressed mainly in the central nervous system, but also in the pancreatic system and adrenal glands. This study could be a milestone in the quest for understanding the way different people experience life and more specifically to these genes, provide insights to one of the most widespread medical challenges: depression. These findings may allow scientists to delve deeper into the question of nature vs nurture.

If you suffer from symptoms of depression, this research could perhaps do wonders for you down the road and allow you to show off that amazing smile Lifetime Family Dental has helped you achieve more often. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and keep on utilizing those happiness genes!

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