When it comes to that simple thing called happiness, we Asians are at a severe disadvantage.

Europeans are happier. Africans the happiest.


The reason is simple.

We have short alleles!

No, it’s not what you’re thinking. It’s got nothing to do with any human organ! 🙂

But rather alleles are serotonin-transporter genes. Depending on your gene makeup, your alleles are either paired: (1) long/long, (2) long/short and (3) short/short.

(By the way, serotonin is important in mood regulation …)

Researchers from University College London found that those with the two longs were 17% more likely to describe themselves as very satisfied compared to those with the two shorts. Those with one short and one long were 8% more likely to do so.

The conclusion is simple: the more long alleles you have, the happier you are.

What’s interesting is that Africans have the largest proportion of long alleles, followed by Caucasians, and at the bottom comes us poor Asians!

We have a tendency towards shorter alleles. (No, they’ve got nothing to do with any human organ, I promise! 🙂 )

That means we’re less happy than the satisfied Caucasians and the ecstatic Africans.

Maybe that’s why we like shopping so much.

Keeps us distracted. Don’t you think?

If only we could buy longer alleles!