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96% of people are keen to know their happiness genes

Happiness is that warm feeling of joy and contentment when everything just feels right. It can bubble up when you're with loved ones, achieve something you've worked hard for, or simply do something that brings you joy.

What is Happiness?

For each person, happiness is unique. It can come in big moments like birthdays or holidays or in simple things like a sunny day or a kind gesture. It's like a journey where we experience ups and downs, and that's okay because it's all part of finding what truly makes us happy and treasuring those moments.

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Are Our Children Happy?

In India, many students face high levels of anxiety and despair. The pressure to succeed in today's rapidly changing world is intense, and our education system needs to adapt to support students' happiness and well-being.

Policymakers are taking notice. UNESCO introduced a Happy Schools Framework in 2016, urging a shift from traditional measures to focus on values, skills, and competencies that boost children's happiness. India's National Education Policy of 2020 echoes this, emphasizing character-building and 21st-century skills.

The AICTE handbook released in early 2024, mandated social and emotional learning in education. Additionally, the UNICEF India Comprehensive Life Skills Framework also stresses the importance of fostering self-awareness and interpersonal skills during the formative years and adolescence.

Delhi Government's 'Happiness Curriculum' in schools is a notable step. It teaches life skills like mindfulness, critical thinking, and empathy, aiming for holistic student development.


Happiness Genes

Happiness isn't just a feeling; it's linked to our psychology and genes. Research shows that around 30-40% of happiness is heritable. The '5-HTTLPR' gene, known as the happiness gene, are specific variations in our genetic code that are associated with experiencing higher levels of happiness and life satisfaction. These genes can impact our mood, outlook on life, and overall sense of well-being. It influences serotonin levels in the brain, impacting mood.

The future of well-being revolves around personalised genetic scores, enabling tailored interventions. For instance, individuals with a high genetic predisposition for happiness can find reassurance in knowing they have the potential to leverage their genes. They can focus on fostering optimism or modifying their environment rather than relying solely on therapy or medication.

As per a survey recently conducted by Genleap, it was found that approximately 63% of people across all age groups want to know if they have happiness genes, while 33% are curious to learn more. Overall, 96% are interested in exploring happiness genes and their effects.

While some people may have a predisposition towards happiness, everyone can increase their well-being through various practices and habits. Strategies such as gratitude exercises, mindfulness techniques, and positive self-talk can empower students to cultivate happiness and resilience.


Parental Role in Happiness

According to a 2022 NCERT survey, 81% of students feel anxious about studies, exams, and results, while 49% aren't happy with their lives.

Parents should care about their child's happiness, not just grades, fostering a nurturing environment and understanding their genetics where possible. They should understand their children's unique traits and help them develop essential life skills. This boosts self-confidence and prepares them for success. Parents should seek guidance to manage stress and encourage open communication, helping kids grow into resilient and emotionally intelligent leaders.

In conclusion, happiness is a blend of genetics, environment, and personal choices. By prioritizing well-being, fostering essential skills, and creating supportive environments, we can cultivate happiness in ourselves and future generations.


*This blog contains excerpts from article published in people matters

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