So you’ve had a good day. Things generally are going well in your life. You have a good partner, your family is healthy, you’re successful in your career. On paper, everything looks great. So why do you not feel complete happiness? Sure, there are moments you feel happy, but then boredom or stress sets in. Or something makes you sad. Or maybe you’re just annoyed when your spouse leaves the top off the peanut butter jar. Whatever it is, you’ve realized that on any given day, you seem to only get a few tastes of happiness. The rest of the time is spent chasing it. Well, you’re not alone. According to listverse.com there are reasons why we all seem to be on a quest for happiness without truly achieving it. Read below to find out why your overall happiness may be far out of reach.
Our genes are responsible for a lot and could be contributing to how happy we really are capable of being. Researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science isolated a specific gene that seemed to be linked to a person’s likelihood of being happy or miserable. After speaking to more than 2,500 Americans, they found that those who had inherited two long versions of the gene were more likely to be happy. Of the 40 per cent who said they were happy with their lives, more than 35 per cent had two long versions of the gene 5-HTT. The gene, which is linked to the body’s production of serotonin, also seems to impact a person’s ability to focus on the good things in life.