A study indicates that if happiness is in the genes, Danish DNA could be key.
Inspired by studies about which nations are the happiest, economists at Warwick University in the UK performed one of their own, concluding that countries whose population bears the most genetic resemblance to Denmark are the happiest.
Not only does their research make the case for the role of genetics in individuals’ well-being, it could also explain why Denmark performs consistently well in studies of international happiness.
“The results were surprising,” says economics professor Dr Eugenio Proto. “We found that the greater a nation’s genetic distance from Denmark, the lower the reported well-being of that nation.” Dr Pronto and his partner, Dr Andrew Oswald, also of the economics department, compiled data from numerous international surveys including the World Gallup Poll, which involved a total of 131 nations.