A Genetic Component to National Differences in Happiness

  title={A Genetic Component to National Differences in Happiness},
  author={Michael Minkov and Michael Harris Bond},
  journal={Journal of Happiness Studies},
National differences in subjective well-being (SWB) have been attributed to socioeconomic, climatic, and genetic factors. We focus on one particular facet of SWB—happiness or positive affect—measured by the nationally representative World Values Survey (WVS). We find that national percentages of very happy people across the three latest WVS waves (2000–2004, 2005–2009, 2010–2014) are consistently and highly correlated with national prevalence of the rs324420 A allele in the FAAH gene, involved… 

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